Articles | Volume 63, issue 2
Arch. Anim. Breed., 63, 441–449, 2020
Arch. Anim. Breed., 63, 441–449, 2020

Original study 02 Dec 2020

Original study | 02 Dec 2020

Haematological stress parameters and behavioural characteristics of dairy type goat kids compared to indigenous breeds during an intensive fattening programme

Elif Ergul Ekiz et al.

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We investigated stress parameters and behaviours of goat kids from dairy type (Saanen and Maltese) and indigenous (Hair and Gokceada) breeds during 10-week fattening. Dairy kids did not express behavioural or biochemical stress responses during the study. Especially in the last 2 weeks of fattening, Gokceada kids were less successful in coping with a confined environment. It is concluded that indigenous breeds, especially Gokceada kids, are not appropriate for intensive fattening in a pen.