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Feeding Goats for Improved Milk and Meat Production (Part 8)

By: George F. W. Haenlein
Cooperative Extension Dairy Specialist University of Delaware
Website: http://ag.udel.edu

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  • TABLE 4. Factors affecting feed intake by goats (1)
    FEED FACTORS:
    • taste
    • smell
    • variety
    • moisture content
    • digestibility
    • size/form of feed
    PRESENTATION FACTORS:
    • feeding time
    • frequency of feeding
    • quantity offered
    • competition from other goats
    • temperature (shade)
    • humidity
    • method of presenting feed
    GOAT FACTORS:
    • appetite
    • preference
    • size
    • pregnancy
    • growing
    • lactating

    (1) From Peacock, 1996.


    TABLE 5. Effect of nutrition on lactation milk yield (liter) in dairy goats in India (1)
    Barbari Jamnapari
    Lactation MH LL HH LL
    1 101 28 154 44
    2 130 30 196 58
    3 100 22 132 45
    4 107 - 128 -
    5 109 - - -

    (1) From Devendra, 1987;

    MH = medium plane of nutrition before kidding and high plane during lactation;
    LL = low plane before and after kidding;
    HH = high plane before and after kidding.


    TABLE 6. Improvement potential in indigenous adult Malaysian goats as a result of improved nutritional management (1)
    Management Improved results, %
    Conventional feeding Improved feeding
    Live weight at slaughter, kg 18.6 28.6 53.8
    Hot carcass weight, kg 8.2 14.7 79.3
    Dressing, % 44.2 51.3 16.1
    Weight of meat, kg 5.5 8.1 47.3
    Meat-bone ratio 4.1 4.9 19.5
    Forequarter, kg 1.2 2.9 141.7
    Hind leg, kg 1.2 2.2 83.3
    Total edible weight, kg 13.2 18.2 37.9
    Total saleable weight, kg 17.9 24.0 34.1

    (1) From Devendra, 1987.

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