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Are a goat and sheep in the same family? Can a goat and sheep produce offspring?

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Although sheep and goats seem similar and can be mated together, they belong to different genera. Goats belong to the genus Capra while sheep belong to the genus Ovis. Sheep-Goat hybrids rarely survive. Thank you for using AnswerParty!

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A sheep–goat hybrid are the hybrid offspring of a sheep and a goat. Although sheep and goats seem similar and can be mated, they belong to different genera in the subfamily Caprinae of the family Bovidae. Sheep belong to the genus Ovis and have 54 chromosomes, while goats belong to the genus Capra and have 60 chromosomes. The offspring of a sheep-goat pairing is generally stillborn. Despite widespread shared pasturing of goats and sheep, hybrids are poorly attested, indicating the genetic distance between the two species. They are not to be confused with geep, which are chimerae.

At the Botswana Ministry of Agriculture in 2000, a male sheep impregnated a female goat resulting in a live offspring. This hybrid had 57 chromosomes, intermediate between sheep (54) and goats (60) and was intermediate between the two parent species in type. It had a coarse outer coat, a woolly inner coat, long goat-like legs and a heavy sheep-like body. Although infertile, the hybrid had a very active libido, mounting both ewes and does even when they were not in heat. He was castrated when he was 10 months old, as were the other kids and lambs in the herd.

Capra Goat Ovis Hybrid

Lamb, hogget, and mutton (UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia) are the meat of domestic sheep (species Ovis aries). The meat of a sheep in its first year is lamb; that of a juvenile sheep older than one year is hogget; and the meat of an adult sheep is mutton.

Distinct from the meat, a lamb (singular with the indefinite article) or lambs (plural) also describes live juvenile sheep, which may or may not be used for meat. In Australia, the term prime lamb is often used to refer to lambs raised for meat.

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