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Goats

Goats are among the earliest animals domesticated by humans. Early humans began to herd wild goats primarily for easy access to milk and meat, as well as to their dung, which was used as fuel, and their bones, hair and sinew for clothing, building and tools.

Goats prefer to browse, on shrubbery and on weeds, preferring them to grasses. This makes them perfect livestock for regions with scarce vegetation.

This reflects in the map, showing that goats are most popular in Africa and Asia. China holds the biggest livestock on goats, closely followed by India and Nigeria.

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Technical Notes

Territory size is proportionate to the number of goats there.

Data sources
This map uses data by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)  (last accessed March 2018). (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

All modification to the original data source are noted in our data sheets. Data for this map will soon be available as a download.

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