Authors: MAHMUT KESKİN, SABRİ GÜL, OSMAN BİÇER, İRFAN DAŞKIRAN
Abstract: This study was carried out to determine some reproductive and kid growth characteristics as well as some lactation traits of Kilis goats raised under semiintensive conditions in Kilis Province in Turkey. The animal material of the study comprised 502, 698, and 753 heads of Kilis goats in 2013, 2014, and 2015, respectively. At the end of study, multiple birth rates were calculated between 31.5% and 35.7% during the years. Lactation length and lactation milk yield were determined to be between 207.1 ± 0.81 and 232.4 ± 0.65 days and between 315.7 ± 4.16 l and 375.6 ± 3.4 L, respectively during the years. Lactation characteristics of the goats changed due to lactation number. Birth and weaning weights were found as 3.6 ± 0.02 kg and 12.3 ± 0.04 kg, respectively. It was also detected that birth weight was affected by year, sex, birth type, and farm diversity while weaning weight was not affected by birth type. It was concluded that the Kilis goat has satisfactory milk yield and multiple kidding rates in semiintensive conditions in Kilis Province.
Keywords: Kilis goat, reproductive and lactation traits, kid growth
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