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Vol.9(3), pp. 50-66 , March 2018
https://doi.org/10.5897/IJLP2017.0423
ISSN: 2141-2448


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Management and Breeding Objectives of Maefur goat breed type in Erob district eastern Zone of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia



Weldeyesus Gebreyowhens
  • Weldeyesus Gebreyowhens
  • Tigray Agricultural Research Institute. P. O. Box 492, Mekelle Tigray Ethiopia.
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Rohotash Kumar
  • Rohotash Kumar
  • Department of Animal, Rangeland, and Wildlife Science, College of Dry Land Agriculture and Natural Resources, School of Graduate Studies, Mekelle University, Ethiopia.
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 Received: 10 November 2017  Accepted: 20 December 2017  Published: 31 March 2018

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A cross sectional survey was conducted to characterize production system and to identify breeding objectives of Maefur goat population in the eastern zone of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia. A pre-tested questionnaire was used for the personal interview with purposively selected 150 households. The data collected through personal household interview were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Indices were used to provide the ranking. The mean (±SD) family size of the household was 8.5±2.1. The average (±SD) livestock holdings of the sampled household for goat, chicken, sheep, bee colony, and cattle were 31.0±11.1, 12.2±4.2, 6.8±4.5, 3.7±3.7, and 3.0±1.5, respectively. Does are mainly reared for milk, breeding, meat and for manure production with an index value of 0.25, 0.24, 0.17 and 0.14, respectively. Average composition of goat flock was 50, 22, 15, 10, and 3% for does, gimmers, bucks and wethers, respectively with an average ration of intact male to female goat was 6.3:1. Male and female goat reached for sexual maturity at the average (±SD) age of 11.1± 1.5 and 12.7±2.1 months, respectively with an average (±SD) age of 21.1±2.0 months at first kidding of the female goat. The average (±SD) kidding interval was 7.1±0.6 months.

Key words: Maefur goat, breeding objectives, selection criteria, reproductive performance.

 

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APA Gebreyowhens, W., & Kumar, R. (2018). Management and Breeding Objectives of Maefur goat breed type in Erob district eastern Zone of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia. International Journal of Livestock Production, 9(3), 50-66.
Chicago Weldeyesus Gebreyowhens, and Rohotash Kumar. "Management and Breeding Objectives of Maefur goat breed type in Erob district eastern Zone of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia." International Journal of Livestock Production 9, no. 3 (2018): 50-66.
MLA Weldeyesus Gebreyowhens, and Rohotash Kumar. "Management and Breeding Objectives of Maefur goat breed type in Erob district eastern Zone of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia." International Journal of Livestock Production 9.3 (2018): 50-66.
   
DOI https://doi.org/10.5897/IJLP2017.0423
URL http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/IJLP/article-abstract/01FFFD655950

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