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Volume 51, issue 1
Arch. Anim. Breed., 51, 55–63, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-51-55-2008
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Arch. Anim. Breed., 51, 55–63, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-51-55-2008
© Author(s) 2008. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  10 Oct 2008

10 Oct 2008

Effects of Suckling Schedule on Growth Characteristics of Saanen Kids

F. Diken1, F. Ugur1, C. Tolu1, and M. Dosay Akbulut2 F. Diken et al.
  • 1Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, 17020, Canakkale, Turkey
  • 2Department of Medical Biology and Genetics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kocatepe University, Afyonkarahisar, Turkey

Abstract. This study was carried out with single-born Saanen kids raised at Uvecik Research and Training Centre of Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University. In the study, the kids were raised according to two suckling program. In the first program, the kids suckled full-udder of their dams for 30 min at 08.00 and 18.00. In the second program, the right lob of the udder of the kid’s dams was milked by hand, and then the kids were allowed to suckle their dams for 30 min at 08.00 and 18.00. The kids in the both groups were weaned at 5 weeks of the study. The live weights of the kids of the first and second program were 10963.0±274.4 and 10384.9±285.1 g (P>0.05) at 5 weeks of the study and 17932.9±676.3 and 17482.7±702.8 g (P>0.05) at 12 weeks of the study, respectively. The height at withers and heart girth of the kids of the first and second program were 51.7±0.9 and 51.1±0.9 cm (P>0.05), and 61.1±0.8 and 58.5±0.8 cm (P≤0.05) at 12 weeks of the study, respectively. The live weight increase between 1-5 and 1-12 weeks of the kids of the first and second program were determined as 192.0±9.5 and 178.6±9.9 g (P>0.05), and 160.2±8.4 and 157.0±8.7 g (P>0.05), respectively. No significant difference was found between the programs in terms of roughage intake (P>0.05), concentrate feed intake (P>0.05), water intake (P>0.05), rumination (P>0.05) behaviors. In conclusion, the growth performance and behaviors of kids which were raised according to two suckling program were found similar.

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