Nachi goat is famous for taking in walk shows because of extraordinary beautiful gait. There is a crossbred present (goats between Nachi and others such as Beetal). Their pace is between regular and dancing. So it is necessary to study the whole body parts of Nachi goats to judge them correctly in any walk show. Moreover, Nachi goats are used to move in a group, so deciding Nachi is a critical task.
If a person studies in the following pattern, the judging Nachi becomes an easy task.
- General Appearance
- Front End and Back End
- Back and barrel
- Teats and udder in does
- Testicles in bucks
The discussion about general appearance, front end, back end, and back and barrel will be for both doe and buck.
Breed general properties
The quick overview of books about breed characters is quite misleading. Knowledge like Small body, black and white colour, Roman nose, twisted horns is not enough. A variety of colours is present in this breed instead of only black and white.
Heads do complement the whole body in proportion. Horns are not too small and thin neither huge nor thick. There are little to reasonably spiral but not like of Diara Din Panah. In respect of size, these are not as tiny as that ideal for Beetal bucks. Some goat has twisted horns in the backward direction, and in some goats the trend of twisted horns is upward. The bridge of the nose is prominent but not as that of Beetal.
Nachis are tall as Beetals. Taller does favourite, but too tall legs of animals are not preferred over animals have a well-balanced body. The same is true for the length of the body.
Nachis are mainly in black. Nonetheless, other colours are equally possible. Nachis are available in almost all goat colours. After black SAWI (grey) colour is most convenient. But, farmers also offered a purple tint and multicoloured goats.
Hair coat in Nachi is short but of course not as tiny as in Beetal or Teddy and not as long as in Kaghni. Animals get trimming once a year before the summer season. Walk shows are generally held during the spring and summer season. At the same time, animals with short hair coats give a beautiful appearance.
Animals showing strength are popular. Buck should be aggressive, and alert Handlers usually hold ears of Bucks because of their aggressiveness, especially in the breeding season.
New style and robust carriage are prominent points. Does appearance should be feminine from shoulders, head, etc., whereas bucks should be strong and masculine. Gait is the main reason for raising Nachi goats. So, dancing gait appears with the semi-circle movement of front toes and with small steps.
Nachi goat does not have a beard. Healthy goat walk (not dancing) is not the “Nachi Goat”.
Front End and Back End
There are fewer hairs on the head. Jaws are durable with a broad muzzle. The lower and upper jaw is balanced to create a perfect bite. Nostrils are big. The bridge of the nose is moderately prominent, and the eyes are big and alert. Horns are twisted and directed backwards in some goats, and some have the upward direction of twisted horns. Ears are dropping and medium in size. Ears remain to fall even when the goat is alert. Bend and the long neck is atypical characteristic of Nachis. The collar can hold up if erect.
The deep and broad chest is favoured. But also it should not give the gesture of an over-conditioned animal. The chest is generally thicker in bucks. For shoulders, the blades are not very smoothly attached with withers and are very visible in newly trimmed goats.
Front legs are very smoothly attached to the withers and the chest wall and are not dead straight (a little curvy). The knees of the front legs are also evenly set.
Back legs and feet are essential for every goat breed. Similarly, For Nachi goats, back legs are weak and generally hock-in to provide space for udder in does. Legs should preferably be as straight as possible and set head-on when looked from back and straight when viewed from the side.
The tail is bend should upward direction in a manner to form a semi-circle. The animals with hanging tails are odds hence discarded.
Vulva in does
Vulva in does usually in size. Such that smaller for a younger animal that did not reach to heat period. It is slightly bigger in freshly kidded and older animals
Slightly parrot or monkey mouths are not a problem. But curved forehead, blind eyes, severely small or large jaws, erect ears; distort legged animals; big horns and overgrown hooves are not favoured. Animals should not be extremely hocked-in, and tails should not be hanging.
Back and Barrel
Withers are a wedge in shape and are well blend with shoulders and neck. Goat breed has the feature of the bowl-shaped front side of the chime. This dip does not exist in Beetal goat that makes the difference point with Nachi goat.
Heart cinch should be medium in size. The heart cinch has an extensive variation and may accept 85 cm in a doe with 5- 10cm broader girths in bucks.
Nachis have strong and appearing bowl-shaped behind the withers. This is common in Nachi goats while other breeds have smooth blending. The loin area is long enough. The hips are wide apart and approximately levels with posterior back.
Ribs are wide apart, flat, and extended with lower back ribs angling to flank. Flanks are deep and refined.
Extremely curved or arched back.
Udder and Teats in Does
Size of Udder
There is a strong relation between udder size and yield. And also, the shape of the udder is essential in terms of capacity. Fore udder is carried fine ahead and blend into the body. The rear breast is not much broad and high as compared to other breeds. Here is a point of clarity is that; the milk is synthesized in the udder, not in teats, so the size of the breast is essential.
Both teats should be equal in size; it aids hand milking. In reality, though, the breasts are long in Nachi goats. In other breeds, the cylindrical shape of teats is favoured. Anyhow, in Nachi goats, the way of teats is bottle like.
Extra-large teats are considered as a fault. Broken or distorted udders do not get a high score.
Testicles in bucks
Bucks have two large-sized and fully descended testicles ideally. The size of testicles decides the age of a buck; the younger one has smaller testicles. The male goat should have trimmed thighs to make a clear judgment. Bucks have the size of testicles measured in scrotal circumference, i.e. the measuring strip is placed at maximum width that is about 30 cm.
Bucks should have downward directed testicles. The size of the testicles should be the same. Yet, two small teats are conventional. More than two and bigger testicles are not preferred.
While judging a goat or any animal of attraction, experience counts a lot. An experienced person can distinguish the extraordinary animals and with gross faults quickly. People used to make the final placing by checking the animals to move in circles. And also walk away at some distance from the observer. Along with attractive gait, symmetry and balance are also essential factors.
Does appearance should be feminine. Their angularity is the key to observe. The depth should increase in the section of the rear flanks. The udder is also an essential part of keeping an eye on it. While in the case of Bucks, a masculine appearance and testicles are essential to watch. Some Commonly used terms in judging goats are worth knowing.