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Small East African (SEA) is the name given to a type of goat which is found throughout Eastern Africa from Zimbabwe and Malawi in the South through Tanzania to a large part of Kenya and Uganda.
These goats are predominantly kept for meat. They grow slowly, but have a heavy-
Among the valuable characteristics of these goats is a tolerance to heartwater (an
The hides give a good quality leather.
In Uganda milking of goats is very rare. We have milked some in order to measure how much is produced. The amount varies, but is generally ¾ litre or less, and starts to reduce only a few days into the lactation, being practically zero after 4 or 5 months.
The Bagisu of Mount Elgon in SE Uganda and the Bakonzo of the Rwenzozri Mountains
in the SW do milk their local goats where there are no cows. Preliminary data suggest
that the milk production of these sub-
In the Acholi (Northern) and Karamoja (Northeastern) regions, the goats are much
smaller than SEA and are closely related to the Sudanese Dwarf Goats of Southern
Sudan. Although the Karimajong milk them when cattle are not available, it is only
the large numbers kept that make this feasible -
The Mubende goat is a sub-
The Galla goat is not indigenous to Uganda, but originally comes from Kenya’s Northeast
coast. However, it has played an important part in the development of the Kenya Dual
Purpose Goat. It has also been found to be better foundation stock than SEA for breeding
75% Toggenburgs in the Mwingi project of FARM-