Scientist believes that the goats are the first domesticated animals since 700 B.C. Since then, the relationship of man and domistacted goat breeds evolved significantly. Today, we find goats at every part of world except Antartica.
Anatolian black goats are meat-an-milk type goats, predominantly raised in Turkey by small agricultural farmholders. Since they are characterised by large, dropping ears and long-coarse hairs they are called as “Hair goats” and often found in black, brown, grey and pied color.
This goat breed is a a Syrian type of breed, classified as mountain herds.
In turkey, anatolian black goat are commonly referred as Kil Keçi (Hair goat) , Adi Keçi (Common goat) or Kara Keci (Black goat).
Physical Characteristics of Anatolian Black
Anatolian black has typical hairs that are coarse, long and without undulation.
They have thick undercoat which act as an insulator and help them to cope up with the cold weather conditions in mountain regions.
They also have a thin & soft fibers inside the flece.
Generally, they are called as black goat as they found primarily in black color. However, anatolian goats can also be seen in brown, grey, white or spotted colors.
Anatolian black bucks has strong horns as compared to the does.
Generally, these goats thrive on the almond samplings, grass, olive, pine leaves, grains and branches. So, breeders often found camoing with herd where they found enough food for anatolian black goat.
Like many other goats, anatolian blacks are often used to trim down the grass and weed.
Anatolian black goats are robust and not only adaptive to the extreme weather conditions but they can even highly tolerant towards the several goats disease, which is one of the primary reason why they are popular in Turkey.
They are meat-an-milk type goats which means the primary reason breeders grows them to get meat and milke. On an average these goats can producre areound 3,000 pounds of milk per year.