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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2013 | Volume: 16 | Issue: 14 | Page No.: 692-696
DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2013.692.696
Evaluation of Growth Performance of Abergele Goats under Traditional Management Systems in Sekota District, Ethiopia
Belay Deribe and Mengistie Taye

Abstract:
The study was conducted at Abergele in the semi arid parts of Sekota district to evaluate growth performance of Abergele goats managed under traditional management systems. Data on growth and growth rates were collected from 724 kids for two years. The least squares mean birth, three months, six months and yearling weight of kids obtained were 1.91±0.04, 6.84±0.19, 9.13±0.31 and 16.42±1.20 kg, respectively. Parity of doe and birth type of kid significantly affected birth weight and three months weight while sex of kid and season of birth of kid affected birth, three months, six months and yearling weight consistently. Kids from first parity does were lighter at birth, three months and six months of age than kids from higher parity does. Twin born kids were lower in weight at birth and three months of ages than their single born counterparts. Female kids and kids born during the dry season had lower weight at all ages considered. The least squares mean pre-weaning and post-weaning growth rates obtained were 53.4±2.30 and 29.3±4.32 g day-1, respectively. Parity of doe, type of birth and season birth of kid affected pre-weaning growth rate. Kids from first parity does, twin born kids and kids born during the dry season had lower growth rate. The significant effect of fixed factors needs to be considered in an effort to improve productivity of goats in the study areas.
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How to cite this article:

Belay Deribe and Mengistie Taye, 2013. Evaluation of Growth Performance of Abergele Goats under Traditional Management Systems in Sekota District, Ethiopia. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 16: 692-696.

DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2013.692.696

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjbs.2013.692.696

 
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