Red Sokoto

Synonyms: 
Red Sokoto (Red Skin, Sokoto Red), Kano Brown (Kyasuwa), Katsina Light Brown, Mambilla, Bornu White (Buduma (Chad), Damagaran dapple-grey; Maradi in Niger
Subgroup: 
West-African Twisted Horn
Special Characteristics: 
A relatively small sized goat (60 cm height and weight of 27 kg), but are generally larger in Niger; fine head with prominent forehead; mucous membrane is black; both sexes have short to medium horns; ears are short and usually carried horizontally, but longer and semi-pendulous in Niger; toggles are rare; beard of profuse hair in males but usually absent in females; forehead often covered with hair which is often longer, bushier and darker in males than in females; males carry a light mane extending to the shoulders; neck is short, thin and very mobile; coat colour usually red in Nigeria but lighter and occasionally almost chestnut in Maradi; males are invariably darker than females and may have a black back stripe; tail hair usually black; known for the good quality skin (Wilson, 1991).
Main Location: 
The main centres of distribution are northern Nigeria (the Sokoto and Kano States) and southern Niger (Maradi and Tessoua Departments); however, subtypes with colour variations are found to the west and east of this region; they are owned mainly by the Hausa-speaking agricultural tribes; the climate is semi-arid with a single rainfall season of 4 to 6 months; the production system is predominantly agro-pastoral and agro-sylvo-pastoral where economic trees are also grown (Wilson, 1991).
Origin: 
One of the Savannah goat group. Its relatively small size indicates possible crossing with forest or Dwarf goats before selection in its present area of distribution; the relatively high prolificacy of this goat would tend to support a hypothesis that such a fusion has occurred (Wilson, 1991).
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