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Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
Year: 2011  |  Volume: 10  |  Issue: 22  |  Page No.: 2909 - 2912

Effect of BCS at Mating on Some Reproductive Performance of Saanen Goat under Raised Semi Intensive Conditions

Murat Yilmaz, Gunes Erdogan, H. Erbay Bardakcioglu, Turgay Taskin and Tufan Altin    

Abstract: The aim of this study was to determine the effects of the Body Condition Score (BCS) of 53 Saanen does on their reproductive performance 15 days before mating season and at the beginning of the mating season under raised semi intensive conditions. In this study, the does were synchronized in two different periods, one of which was 15 days before the other. Before the introduction of buck to the goats, the goats were weighed after measuring their BCS. Detailed records were kept for herd in year. It was found significant effects of mating period on body weight of does before mating and fecundity (p<0.05); effects of age on body weight of does before mating (p<0.001), body weight of does on birth (p<0.01), fecundity (p<0.01) and litter size (p<0.05), effect of BCS on body weight of does before mating (p<0.001), fecundity (p<0.01) and litter size (p<0.05). The BCS for the highest fecundity and litter size was determined ≥2.01 while the lowest rates for these traits were ≤1.50. Average of body weight of does before mating, body weight of does on birth, kid birth weigh, fecundity and litter size were 35.65, 42.71, 3.44, 0.65, 0.65 and 1.30 kg, respectively.

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