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Indigenous goat production on Kikuyu in South Africa

  • 2020
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 13
S.D. Househam & K.P. Kirkman 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…

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An investigation of factors influencing synchronization response, conception and calving rate of communal cows in Limpopo Province, South Africa

  • 2020
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 13
Z.C. Raphalalani, T.L. Nedambale, N.B. Nengovhela & K.A. Nephawe Page: 13 - 22

A study was designed to assess factors affecting response to oestrus synchronization, conception and calving rate of communal cows following timed artificial insemination (AI) in Limpopo province, South Africa. A total of 140 cows were selected from communal villages based…

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Basic factors influencing lamb mortality under low input production systems in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

  • 2020
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 13
S. Mthi, J.M. Rust, C.T. Mpendulo, V. Muchenje, W.J. Goosen & Z. Mbathsa Page: 60 - 68

A cross-sectional study was conducted to assess incidences of lamb mortality in low input farming systems in the Eastern Cape province. Four villages (Ndakana, Kwa-Masele, Qhugqwala and Ndindwa) and 18 households were selected. Data was collected from 399 lambing records…

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Determining the morphological structure of indigenous chickens using multivariate principal component analysis of body measurements

  • 2020
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 13
B.N. Vilakazi, C.N. Ncobela, N.W. Kunene & F. Panella Page: 69 - 75

The study was conducted to predict body weight from linear body measurements of indigenous non-descript chickens using principal component analysis (PCA). Linear body measurements for body weight (BW), body length (BoL), back length (BaL), neck length (NL), breast circumference (BrC),…

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