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About Jamnapari GoatsAbout Jamnapari Goats

Jamnapari (or Jamunapari) goats, ancestors of the American Nubian, originated in Indian and are bred for both milk and meat. Since 1953 they have been imported to Indonesia (popular as Etawa goat, and its mixture with a local goat called "PE", Peranakan Etawa or Etawa mix) where they have been a great success. The name is derived from the rivers Yamuna, Jamuna (West Bengal) and Jamuna (Bangladesh) of India and Bangladesh. In India there were an estimated 580,000 of the breed in the 1972, although less than 5000 were thought to be purebred.

Jamnapari Goats vary in color but they typically are white with patches of tan on their neck and head. Their heads tend to have a highly convex nose, which gives them a parrot-like appearance. They have long flat drooping ears unusually long legs, and both genders have horns.

They have round udders and conical well-developed teat. Their average lactation yield is slightly less than two kilograms per day.


During the winter they spend more than 90% of their time grazing, although this falls to around 55% in the summer. They browse on bushes, tree leaves, and the top of grasses rather than typical ground grazing.



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