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Production performance of Dera Din Panah goat under desert range conditions in Pakistan

  • M. Yaqoob
  • F. Shahzad
  • M. Aslam
  • M. Younas
  • G. Bilal
Original Paper

Abstract

Effects of fodder availability and prolificacy on birth weight, weaning weight, weight at 6 and 9 months age, and pre- and post-weaning growth rates of Dera Din Panah goat were determined. A total of 350 records of Dera Din Panah (DDP) goats maintained at Sheep and Goat Development Centre, Rakh Khairewala, District Layyah, Punjab, Pakistan were analyzed using Harvey’s Mixed Model Least Squares and Maximum Likelihood computer program. Fodder availability significantly affected (P < 0.05) the birth weight, weaning weight, and pre-weaning daily gain. The effect of prolificacy on the birth weight, weaning weight, pre-weaning growth rate was significant (P < 0.05). Effects of fodder availability and prolificacy on average daily weight gain during different stages, such as from birth to 3 months of age (GR1), 3 to 6 months of age (GR2), 6 to 9 months of age (GR3), 9 to 12 months of age (GR4), and overall growth rate from birth to 12 months of age (GR5) age were determined.

Keywords

Fodder availability Pre-and post-weaning growth rates Weight gain Dera Din Panah goat Pakistan 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Yaqoob
    • 1
  • F. Shahzad
    • 2
  • M. Aslam
    • 3
  • M. Younas
    • 1
  • G. Bilal
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Livestock ManagementUniversity of AgricultureFaisalabadPakistan
  2. 2.College of Veterinary and Animal SciencesIslamia University BahawalpureBahawalpurePakistan
  3. 3.Institute of Animal Nutrition and Feed TechnologyUniversity of AgricultureFaisalabadPakistan

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