publication . Article . 2010

Factors affecting pre-weaning kid mortality in South African Angora goats

Snyman, M.A.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2010
  • Publisher: The South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS)
The data used for this study were collected in 12 different Angora goat studs from 2000 to 2004. Data collected on 17534 kids born alive in the different studs were included in the analyses. Average pre-weaning mortality rate was 11.5% and ranged from 8.6% to 16.5% (of the 17534 kids born alive, 2018 kids died between birth and weaning at four months of age). Mortality rate in male kids was higher than that recorded for female kids (11.9% vs. 11.1%). When comparing the management systems followed from mating up until weaning in the different studs with the corresponding pre-weaning mortality rates, it is obvious that there was no discernible trend. Of the 2018 d...
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free text keywords: Rearing environment, reproduction, weaning, birth weight
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