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Morphological Characterization of Goat Populations in Central Zone of Tigray, Ethiopia

Birhanie, M. and Alemayehu, K. and Tarekegn, Getinet Mekuriaw (2019). Morphological Characterization of Goat Populations in Central Zone of Tigray, Ethiopia. Tropical animal science journal. 42 , 81-89
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Ethiopia has huge livestock resource, but poor in their productivity. It stated national small ruminant breeding policy and strategy focused on genetic improvement. This is intended to design appropriate breeding programs based on the indigenous breeds status. Study of phenotypic variation is among the prerequisite activities of genetic improvement that is limited in this study area. The objective of this study was to describe morphological characteristics and variations of goat populations in the Central zone of Tigray. Qualitative and quantitative data of 403 young to matured goats (326 lactating does and 77 bucks) were used to analyze by frequency procedure, GLM procedure, Pearson correlation, and multivariate analysis of SAS version 9.4. The study revealed that goats in Adwa district were distinct in coat colors and pattern, horn shape, ear orientation, head profile and ruff, significantly heavier (p<0.01) and larger (p<0.001) in height at withers and in height at pelvic than those in Tanqua Abergele (TA) and Kola Tembien (KT) districts. Goats found in Adwa district were morphologically distinct from those found in TA and KT districts with the higher discriminating values in female goats.

Authors/Creators:Birhanie, M. and Alemayehu, K. and Tarekegn, Getinet Mekuriaw
Title:Morphological Characterization of Goat Populations in Central Zone of Tigray, Ethiopia
Series Name/Journal:Tropical animal science journal
Year of publishing :2019
Page range:81-89
Number of Pages:9
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Share Alike 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Keywords:body weight, goat, linear measurements, morphology
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Web of Science (WoS)000476783900001
ID Code:17074
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Breeding and Genetics
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Deposited On:04 Jun 2020 07:45
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