A preliminary study on some lactation characteristics of Tagger goats in the Gezira State, Sudan

Mohmed Elamin Elimam, Yassir Abdalla Ombabi

Abstract


Goats are important animals in the Sudan producing1.152 million tons of milk and 0.116 million tons of meat (FAO, 1999) and are widely distributed in the country due to their adaptation to different environments and low cost husbandry (Devendra and Mc Leroy, 1982). There are many goat breeds in the country and Desert, Baggara, Ingessana, Nilotic and Tagger are considered meat breeds (Elimam, 2009). According to Mofarrah (1995), Tagger is found in south Kordofan, Jebel Marra and Ingessana mountains and mainly in Nuba mountains. It is dwarf, compact, well adapted to harsh environments and has good meat quality and conformation. It is mainly reared in traditional systems on natural pastures and crop residues with low inputs and outputs (Mudawi, 2002). Recently, Tagger was introduced into the Gezira State and reflected good meat productivity (Elimam 2009). Milk yield affects kids' growth and performance and the excess can be used for human consumption. Information on Tagger lactation characteristics is scarce and estimated mean milk yield and lactation period were 0.64 kg/ day and 156.3 days, respectively, in Eldelang area (Mudawi, 2002). There is no information on Tagger milk yield in the Gezira State. Consequently, this study was conducted to furnish this information.

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