Black Bengal goat

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A Black Bengal goat with kids

The Black Bengal goat is a breed of goat found throughout Bangladesh, West Bengal, Bihar, and Orissa regions of northeastern India.[1] This breed is usually colored black but it is also found in brown, white or gray. The Black Bengal goat is small in size but its body structure is tight. Its horns are small and legs are short. An adult male goat weights about 25 to 30 kg and female 20 to 25 kg. It is poor in milk production. It is very popular in Bangladesh because of its very low demand of food and very high baby production rate.[2] The Black Bengal goats gain sexual maturity very fast. The female goat becomes pregnant twice a year and gives birth to 1–3 baby goats every time.[3] This breed can adapt to any environment easily and its disease preventive ability is very high. It produces high-quality meat and skin. This breed plays a very important role in reducing unemployment and poverty from Bangladesh.[4] They can eat most of vegetables, grasses and leaves, however, high amounts of carrots is fatal to them.

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  1. ^ Mason, I. L. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds. CAB International. ISBN 978-0-85199-102-3. 
  2. ^ "Black Bengal Goat". Modern Farming Methods. 
  3. ^ Chowdhury, S. A.; Bhuiyan, M. S. A.; Faruk, S. (2002). "Rearing Black Bengal Goat under Semi-Intensive Management" (PDF). Asian-Australasisan Journal of Animal Science. 15 (1): 477–484. doi:10.5713/ajas.2002.61. 
  4. ^ "Prized Black Bengal Goats of Bangladesh". iaea.org. 

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