Khari (KH) and Sinhal (SI) are the two indigenous goat breeds found in the hills of Nepal. The KH does were bred with SI bucks to produce KH x SI crossbreds (KSC) at the Lumle Agricultural Research Centre (LARC). A stock of KH and KSC goats was maintained with the objective of exploring the possibility of improving genetic potential of local goats utilizing indigenous genotypes. Birth weight tended to be affected by genotype and kids weighed 2.03 and 2.14 kg at birth for KH and KSC, respectively. Female kids (2.18 kg) were heavier than male kids (2.01 kg) at birth. Body weight of kids at different ages was affected by genotype, sex and year, but not by season of birth. Age at first service was longer for KSC at 367.6 days than KH at 229.2 days, but it was not affected by season or year of birth. Autumn born kids had a tendency of lower age at first service and shorter first kidding interval. Twinning percentage was higher for KH at 37.1% than for KSC at 19.1%. Mortality of KH kids (25.9%) up to 6 months of age was higher than KSC kids (14.3%). Based on the limited data, cross breeding of KH and SI breeds could not show much of comparative advantage over KH under on-station management at LARC, except the kid mortality and further research with a larger data set is needed.
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R.C. Khanal, D.P. Rasali, T.S. Dhaubhadel, B.R. Joshi and N.P.S. Karki, 2005. Comparative Performance of Indigenous Khari and Khari × Sinhal Goats Raised On-Station in Nepal. Journal of Biological Sciences, 5: 124-128.
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