Evaluation of Romanov-Karakul crosses for pelt production and fertility

Author: A.S. Faure, G.J. Minnaar and F.J.L. Burger
Year: 1983
Issue: 2
Volume: 13
Page: 127 - 130

Karakul x Romanov crosses with varying genetic contributions from each breed were evaluated for their pelt production and fertility. The genetic contribution of each breed varied from 12,5 – 87,5%. Pelt quality improved as the genetic contribution of the Karakul increased. However, none of the crosses were suitable for pelt production owing to inferior pelt quality. The fertility of crosses with a 50 and 75% Romanov contribution was high. However, in terms of profitability, the results were not superior to those of the purebred Karakul when the Romanov contribution to the cross was 25%. It may, therefore, be concluded that crossing the Karakul with the Romanov to increase fertility is unfeasible in a pelt production enterprise owing to inferior pelt quality.

Keywords: fertility, Karakul, pelt quality, Romanov
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