28-Title: Morphological, phenotypic, performance traits of nondescript goats in Budgam district of Kashmir

Authors: Mubashir Ali Rather, Ambreen Hamdani, Aadil Ayaz, Syed Shanaz, Shabir Ahmad Mir and Nusrat Nabi

Source: Ruminant Science (2020)-9(1):137-140.


How to cite this manuscript: Rather Mubashir Ali, Hamdani Ambreen, Ayaz Aadil, Shanaz Syed, Mir Shabir Ahmad and Nabi Nusrat (2020). Morphological, phenotypic, performance traits of nondescript goats in Budgam district of Kashmir. Ruminant Science 9(1):137-140.


A study was undertaken to observe the physical, morphological and performance traits of goats in Budgam District. The least squares mean for ear length (EL), ear width (EW), body length, height at withers (BH), chest girth (CG), body weight (BW), tail length (TL) and horn length were 13.56±0.86, 9.47±2.23, 55.50±0.99, 65.41±1.55, 70.87±1.50, 38.15±1.85, 38.15±1.85, 13.04±0.36 and 12.31±0.71, respectively. The effect of sex was non-significant on all the traits under study. However, males had higher estimates than females concerning all traits except BL and BH. The average age at first service (AFS), average age at first lambing, average inter-lambing period and average litter size were 9.10±0.28 months, 15.26±0.38 months, 9.33±0.25 months and 1.48±0.06, respectively. The average milk yield (AMY) and average lactation length of 1.50±0.10 kg/day and 8.22±0.22 months respectively were reported by farmers.  Goat farming practices were studied, and it was found that most farmers were ignorant about a multitude of scientific breeding practices. Characterization and documentation of this breed are recommended which may be followed by molecular characterization and upgradation.


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