Mahmoud Vatankhah (1), Nader Papi (2), Farhad Mirzaei (2)
(1) Animal Science Research Department, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Agricultural and Natural Resources Research and Education Center, AREEO, Shahrekord, Iran.
(2) Agricultural Research Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Animal Science Research Institute of Iran, Karaj.
History of goat breeding in the province
There are more than seven thousand years of history of animal husbandry in the Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari provinces. Perhaps the start of animal husbandry in this province was by pastoralists utilizing access to forage sources for livestock. Small animals (sheep and goats) were the focus in these provinces. The Bakhtiari area is where humans domesticated animals and plants for the first time. Also, some animals, especially goats, were tamed for the first time in the mountains of Bakhtiari.
Geographic distribution areas
The Bakhtiari black goat breed is one of the most popular in Iran. Although this breed is distributed across provinces in the Zagros Mountains, this population is mainly located in the western and southwestern parts of Iran, especially in the Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Lorestan and Khuzestan provinces.
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