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Phenotypic Variations in Birth and Body Weights of the Sudanese Desert Goats

Phenotypic Variations in Birth and Body Weights of the Sudanese Desert Goats

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Title: Phenotypic Variations in Birth and Body Weights of the Sudanese Desert Goats
Author: Ismail, A M; Yousif, I A; Fadlelmoula, A A
Abstract: The present study was undertaken to investigate the phenotypic variations in birth and body weights at various ages of desert goats. A total of 30 bucks and 120 does of Sudanese desert goats were mated and 586 kids were obtained in three consecutive batches. Autumn born kids were higher percentage (49.8%) than winter (28.3%) or summer (21.9%) born ones. The range of body weights from birth to one year were 2.42 - 20.6, 2.60 - 22.3 and 2.53 - 21.6 kg for females, males and overall mean. The average daily body gain was 54.6 g and 50.3 g for males, and females respectively and the highest gain was at the first month age (84.9 g and 78.7 g for males and females respectively). Autumn born kids were found to attain (P<0.01) higher body weight (2.57 - 22.0 kg) at birth and one year old than either winter or summer born kinds.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/123456789/27690


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