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Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 208–212 | Cite as

Some production traits of the West African Dwarf goat

  • E. N. W. Oppong
  • N. M. N. Yebuah
Article

Summary

A study of West African Dwarf goats over a 5 year period indicated that these animals are not seasonal breeders but kid throughout the year. Sixty-five per cent of does kidded twice a year and multiple births accounted for 59% of all births. Seventy-two per cent of all deaths were of kids under 3 months of age. Pneumonia and starvation were the main causes of death. It is suggested that this is potentially a prolific breed which with proper husbandry and selection could help to meet the need for animal protein in sub-Saharan West Africa.

Keywords

Public Health Pneumonia Veterinary Medicine Seasonal Breeder Sino 
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Quelques Caracteristiques De La Production Chez Les Chevres Naines De L'Est Africain

Résumé

L'étude des chèvres naines de l'Est africain, pendant une période de 5 ans, montre que ces animaux ne sont pas des reproducteurs saisonniers mais se reproduisent tout au long de l'année. 65 p.100 d'entre elles ont deux portées par an et des naissances multiples interviennent pour 59 p. 100 de toutes les naissances. 72 p.100 des morts chez les jeunes interviennent au cours des trois premiers mois de leur existence. Les pneumonies et la disette sont les principales causes de ces morts. Il est suggéré que cette race est potentiellement prolifique, ce qui lui permettrait, dans de bonnes conditions d'élevage et grâce à la sélection, d'accroître les disponibilités en protéines animales dans l'Ouest africain sub-saharien.

Algunas Caracteristicas De Produccion Heredadas De La Cabra Enana De Africa Occidental

Resumen

Los resultados de 5 años de estudio de Cabras Enanas de Africa Occidental indicaron que estos animales no se aparean siguiendo un patrón estacional, sino que lo hacen durante todo el año. Sesenta y cinco por ciento tuvieron 2 crías al año y el 59% de los nacimientos fueron múltiples. Setenta y dos por ciento de todas las muertes correspondieron a cabritillos menores de 3 meses y las muertes se atribuyen a neumonías y desnutrición. Se sugiere que se le debe prestar más atención a esta raza que por su rusticidad, podría suplir en parte el déficit proteínico en Africa Occidental.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. N. W. Oppong
    • 1
  • N. M. N. Yebuah
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Animal ScienceUniversity of GhanaAccra

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