Observations on indigenous and Boer X indigenous crossbred kids: Preliminary report comparing their growth rates under Naivasha conditions
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In March 1972 goats were first introduced to the National Animal Husbandry research station at Naviasha. The goats transferred to Naivasha were obtained in order to investigate their suitability as meat producers. Therefore, a small crossbreeding trial was initiated, comparing purely indigenous goats to crossbreds sired by the Boer. The mating period was delayed because some of the purchased does were pregnant and gave birth between the end of March and July 1972. Therefore, mating commenced in July 1972 and lasted until late October. 39 Kids were born between December 1972 and the end of March 1973. The minor advantage of crossbred kids at birth increased with age. At weaning (4 months of age) it is close to 20% and it remains on almost that same level even at eight months of age.