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Ruminant Nutrition and Forage Utilization
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 1994;7(4): 563-570.
https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.1994.563    Published online December 1, 1994.
Grazing management studies with Thai goats II. Reproductive performances of different genotypes of does grazing improved pasture with or without concentration supplementation
S. Kochapakdee, W. Pralomkarn, S. Saithanoo, A Lawpetchara, B. W. Norton
Fifty-one Thai Native (TN) and Anglo-Nubian (AN) 횞 TN does were studied. The purpose of the study was to investigate the reproductive performances of different goat genotypes grazing improved pasture with or without supplementary feeding. The feeding regimes were: 1. no concentrate supplement (T1), 2. supplemented for 15 days before mating and 45 days during mating period (T2), 3. supplemented from 15 days before mating to 42 days after kidding (T3) and 4. supplemented for 30 days before kidding, followed by 42 days after kidding. Cross-bred does tended to have higher conception rates, kidding opportunities and higher multiple birth rates than TN does. However, these differences were not statistically significant (p>0.05), and concentrate supplementation under the various regimes did not increase reproductive performance. TN kids had significantly (p<0.01) lower birth weights and lower weights at 3, 6 and 12 weeks of age than those of the cross-bred kids. However, there was no significant difference between the genotypes in growth rate (g/d or g/kg.75/d) of kids during these periods. Supplementary feeding did not significantly affect either kid birth weight or weight gain in the first 6 weeks after birth and during this period supplementary adequate in both quantity and quality, substantial reproductive performances were achieved from both TN and AN 횞 TN does without concentrate supplementation.
Keywords: Thai Goats; Nutrition; Supplementary Feeding; Reproductive Performances

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