10. STUDY ONNON-GENETIC FACTORS AFFECTING MORPHOMETRY OF MALABARI GOATS IN FARMERS FLOCKS IN KOZHIKODE DISTRICT
Sunitha Thomas, K.S. Anil, P.T. Suraj, Manju Sasidharan and R. Thirupathy Venkatachalapathy
Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences.2019. 50(2):129-132.
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A study was undertaken to assess the effect of non-genetic factors on Malabari goats in their home tract.Data onbody weight of 116 Malabari goats were collected from the farmer’s flocks in perambra of Kozhikode district. The significance of non-genetic factors on the morphometry of goats wasanalysed using least-squares mixed models. Leastsquares means for body weights at birth, 3, 6, 9 and 12 month of age were 2.21±0.01,10.14 ±0.03,18.13±0.05,24.12±0.07 and 25.48±0.07 kg, respectively. The average daily gain was 90g during pre-weaning period and 60.2g during post- weaning period. Sex, Type of birth, age of dam and year had significant effect on body weight of Malabari goats but the effect of season was insignificant.
Key words: Malabari goats, body weight, nongenetic factors