Indigenous goat production on Kikuyu in South Africa

Author: S.D. Househam & K.P. Kirkman
Year: 2020
Issue: 1
Volume: 13
Page: 1 - 12

This study investigated indigenous goat production on Kikuyu at Cedara Research Station, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Three stocking rates were used (30, 45 and 60 goats/ha) to evaluate goat production on kikuyu. Does with kids grazed kikuyu for a total of seven months under a four camp rotational grazing system. Kid and doe mass were monitored. The results show that does lost weight to weaning at all stocking rates, with significant differences between the years. Does were able to regain some of the weight lost during lactation once the kids were weaned. Stocking rate affected kid growth rates, with higher weight gains at the lower stocking rates. Evaluation of doe performance showed that the light stocking rate had higher production per animal but lower production per hectare. Therefore, to maximise production per hectare a heavy stocking rate should be used, but to maximise weight gain per animal, a low stocking rate should be implemented.

Keywords: grazing, performance, Production, Stocking rate, weight
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