Authors: NECMETTİN ÜNAL, FATİH ATASOY, MELİK AYTAÇ, HALİL AKÇAPINAR
Abstract: The study was carried out to investigate milk production in Akkaraman, Sakız (Chios) x Akkaraman F_1 (SA F_1), Kıvırcık x Akkaraman F_1 (KA F_1) and Sakız (Chios) x Karayaka B_1 (SKY B_1) ewes during the first lactation. Daily milk yield, lactation milk yield and lactation length were 340.11 g, 50.52 kg and 144.8 days for Akkaraman; 430.66 g, 67.83 kg and 154.63 days for SA F_1; 301.87 g, 44.93 kg and 145.40 days for KA F_1; 210.27 g, 26.96 kg and 123.50 days for SKY B_1 ewes, respectively. Differences between genotypes in terms of daily milk yield, lactation milk yield and lactation length were statistically significant (P<0.001). The results of the study showed that the SA F_1 genotype had the best performance in terms of milk production during the first lactation, followed by Akkaraman, KA F_1 and SKY B_1 genotypes, respectively.
Keywords: Akkaraman, Kıvırcık, Chios, Karayaka, crossbreeding, milk production
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