AMMONNEWS - Jordan hosted its first Levantine Goat Beauty Pageant on 22 July, in which breeders from the Kingdom and Gulf States took part.
Levantine goats are distinguished from other breeds for their curved noses and soft hair. A levantine goat can sell for $25,000 in the Gulf States.
Yahia Abu Jaber, the organiser of the pageant, said 'the levantine goat represents old traditions for Arabs… the levantine goat has has many beautiful characteristics, and this goat differs from other goats in terms of body shape, height, the incline of its head and its wide-open eyes. This makes it more expensive, he noted.
The prices of levantine goats in the Gulf states can range between 100,000 and 200,000 Riyals, equal to between $25,000 and $50,000 US dollars.
The pageant was organised outside the capital Amman near Baqaa Camp for Palestinian refugees. It was attended by Saudi, Emirati, Kuwaiti, Syrian and Palestinian breeders, Reuters reported.
First place for both the male and female goat sections went to 'contestants' owned by Yahia Abu Jaber.
The organisers hope that the competition will help to support the breeding and trading of goats in the region and open up new markets for breeders to sell goat products in the Gulf States.