A goat breed from Uttar Pradesh and Punjab provinces of northwestern India and Pakistan, the Barbari is generally kept for meat and milk production. These goats are highly suited for domestic breeding. They are usually in restrained conditions and stall-fed. They are a stationary breed and they are maintained by breeders by allowing them to graze on cultivated crops or fed with tree leaves in their stalls. Some breeders also opt to use cultivated fodders like berseem or wheat straw. Some use grains like maize, barley or millets to feet these goats.
The Barbaris are generally small goats with a compact body. Their eyes appear bulging because of their prominent orbital bone. Their ears are quite short and tubular with a split in the front and directed outward. They generally have white coating with small brown spots or patches but some has variations in coat color. Both male and female Barbaris have horns that are twisted which sweep upward and backward. The bucks have a thick beard.
Most males of this breed are usually castrated early usually 7 to 30 days old. Then they are fattened for religious festivals. Most of these goats are also kept by owners for the milk as it was found that the milk of this breed can ensure good growth of their kids. That said, conservation of this breed is needed because the State Animal Husbandry Department found that the Barbari goats registered for breeding only numbers around 30,000 for both India and Pakistan.