Raidi or Jathnasal Camel breed of Balochistan

This breed of camel purely belongs to the pastoral community of Jath. They are entirely pastoral and move to the Kachhi basin and reach to Sindh province of Pakistan in winter and in summer they reach their destination in the Bolan hills. According to them, the Berrela breed of Thal (a small desert in the Punjab province of Pakistan) and Cholistan is the offshoot of their breed (Raidi).

Raidi or Jathnasal breed of camel in Central and Southern Balochistan
Raidi or Jathnasal breed of camel in Central and Southern Balochistan. Raidi breed is the ancestral bloodline of the Brela camels. The Rind Balochistan tribe with Raidi camels migrated to South Asia during the Chaker Khan era, their sub-branch Brela stayed there in Indo-Pak with their camels known as Brela now. Both Raidi and Brela are the best milk-producing bloodlines of the camels.

Interesting story about the Raidi breed of camel

Here, I’m going to share a very touchy story about the Raidi breed. According to the Raidi pastoralists “when the Muslim pilgrims of the sub-continent had been traveling with their camels’ caravan to Makka, that time the Raidi pastoralists were the main providers of energetic fresh camel to the Hajis (pilgrims). In the meanwhile, they had been adopting their sick, weak, and injured camels to take rest and get well. After returning from Hajj, the pilgrims were used to handing over their camel back to pastoralists and had to take their own camels. In this way, they said that the Raidi camel has the genetic characteristics of all the camel breeds of the sub-continent because of the breeding with the bulls of the sub-continental camels”.

Healthy and full of milk udder of Raidi camel breed
Brela camel is the offshoot of the Raidi camel of central and Southern Balochistan.

Riadi camel is good in milk, highly resistant to the extremely hot weather of the region, well suited for work in the agricultural field, and resistant to many diseases. The camel is the heaviest in the region and weighs up to 700 kg.

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