A large portion of the world's 400+ m illion head of goats cannot be identified as belonging to a specific breed or w ell defined genetic type. A common definition of a breed might be group of animals which are reasonably distinct and true breeding, can be identified by a name or term and which have an association to maintain and promote the breed. I f the la tter requirement is dropped there would s t ill be hundreds of breeds or genotypes of goats on a world basis. Certainly time, space and information available does not permit attempting to treat a ll of these in this paper.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume IX. Breeding programs for dairy and beef cattle, water buffalo, sheep, and goats., , 523–532, 1986
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