Preweaning performance of kids of the West African Dwarf (WAD) goat in their Naive Environment
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Akusu, M.O. and Egbunike, G.N. 1990. Preweaning performance of kids of the West African Dwarf (WAD) goat in their Naive Environment. 38(4): 399-403.
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Two observations were undertaken in order to study the preweaning performance of kids of the WAD goat. In the first observation, the birthweight, weaning weight at 90 days and the mortality rate were studied in a group of 147 kids delivered between 1982 and 1986. The second study consisted of 15 kids (9 females and 6 males) delivered within four days and were used for a close study of the growth pattern of kids of the WAD goat. The mean birthweight for the 147 kids was 1.16±0.01 kg. Males kids tended to be heavier at birth than female kids (1.20±0.02 vs 1.12±0.03 kg). Litter type affected birthweight and survival rate and birthweight was negatively related to survival rate. The mean weaning weight at 90 days was 6.00±0.21 kg. Males were apparently heavier at weaning than females (6.11 kg. vs 5.82 kg). The pattern of growth was not affected by sex and the maximum weight gain was observed during the first three weeks of life. 24.56% of kids died before weaning at 90 days. Mortality was higher (P