The Arapawa goat is a breed that originates from New Zealand. There are historians who establish a connection of this breed with the Old English breed. These arrived at the Arapawa Island by boats that in the 1700s left goats on the island. When they had been on the island for two centuries, at the end of the 70s, this breed was almost extinct.
That is why locals joined together in the New Zealand Forest Service, and with dedication managed to ensure that this breed did not become extinct. Although it was the push and dedication of Betty Rowe by which this miracle was carried out. For its part, the Department of Conservation of New Zealand which is responsible for protecting the fauna and flora had taken the decision to eliminate all the goats on the island.
Characteristics of Arapawa Goat:
The Arapawa goat is a small breed. These breeds are even considered to be smaller than some milking goats. The male of this species is in proportions larger than the female of this breed. The male of this species reaches between 65 and 75 centimeters in height. While the woman gets to measure 60 and 70 centimeters in height. The face of this race has a particularity that is narrow and long.
In addition, they have stripes on the face, which come in black or dark brown. This breed has amber-colored eyes, and the pupil is black, in addition, they are bright, and denote many expressions. Both the male and the female of this breed have horns, the difference is that those of males are larger and those of females are more rounded. But in both, the horns are of medium size, have a curvature and have a backward tilt.
The fur comes in several shades of brown and has some shading around the body in black. In addition, the coat is shiny and abundant and grows evenly on all parts of the body. The tail is short and black and is always lifted up. Now the legs of the females are finer delicate, while those of the males are more robust, however, both can see that the legs are strong.
At 24 months of age, both males and females of this breed are already able to reproduce. In general, deliveries are twins, and rarely are births, individual. And they get to reproduce up to 2 times in the year. This breed is a very active animal, happy and because of their colorful fur, they attract a lot of attention.
The Arapawa goat is a race that is multipurpose. Great benefits are obtained since the breeders get milk, skins, meat, and as it is a small breed they do not consume an excess of food.
The Arapawa goat feeds on the surrounding environment can eat grasses, leaves, mountains, as well as trees, and even weeds. It is not necessary that someone is pastoring this breed. Regarding the diet they do not have food restrictions, the breeders just have to add hay and alfalfa to their diet.
This breed has good feed conversion, and due to their size does not eat large portions of food. Data that make breeders prefer this breed to raise it.
The Arapawa goat is a very distinguished breed. And currently, it is in danger of extinction. Also today there are about 150 goats of this species around the world. In 2014, about 6 goats of this species were taken to the United Kingdom, and there they began to breed and raise goats.
Although it is a breed that is in danger of extinction, it is a breed that is resistant, even adapting to live in hostile areas. They can survive and survive in different environments. As for health, it is a race that is stable enough and resistant to most diseases that affect goats.
Even due to their upbringing on an island they have developed some resistance, no diseases are observed in this breed. There is even an association in the United States that is responsible for preserving this breed, and this is because there are only 15 specimens left in the entire country.
And although this association exists, this race has not been admitted to the ALBC, since they do not admit races that are not from the United States. Because the import of goats is very expensive, some breeders have thought of importing the semen of this breed.
In this way, more pure goats of this breed will be produced, and this species will be preserved. The measures that are being taken in the United States, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand for the development and care of the Arapawa race may stop the abyss that this race reaches extinction.