NATIVE GOAT AND SHEEP
Goats in Thailand are divided into three categories: (1) dual-purpose
goats being raised by Pakistani people for meat and milk
production, (2) small-sized meat goats called "Kambing
Katjang" (Malaysian language) raised by Moslem people in the
southernmost area of Thailand, (3) hill goats being kept for meat
purpose by hilltribe people in mountainous areas of
Northern Thailand. Exotic breeds such as Saanen, Alpine and Algo
Nubian have been imported and mainly distributed among the
Pakistani people to improve milk yield of their goats.
Picture of native goat
Only few sheep are raised for meat purpose, most by Muslim
people. The sheep are mainly of indigenous breeds, which are of
Indian and/or Arabian origin. Six or seven Dorset rams were
imported from U.S.A. by the Baptist Mission and introduced to
Karen villages long time ago, along with the indigenous sheep.
Through His Majesty's project, German Merino sheep were imported
and donated to 17 hilltribe villages in 1970. In 1975, six
Polwarth rams from Australia were also introduced to improve wool
quality and body size in these hilltribe flocks.
Picture of native sheep