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Published in 3rd World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, edited by Gordon E. Dickerson and Rodger K. Johnson, 4 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1986). Copyright © 1986 Board of Regents University of Nebraska.


A large portion of the world's 400+ million head of goats cannot be identified as belonging to a specific breed or well 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. Of the latter requirement is dropped there would still be hundreds of breeds or genotypes of goats on a world basis. Certainly time, space and information available does not permit attempting to treat all of these in this paper.