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Título : Diet selection and live-weight changes of two breeds of goats grazing on heathlands
Autor : Osoro, K.
García, U.
Jauregui, B.
Ferreira, L.
Rook, A.
Celaya, R.
Palabras clave : Preferencias alimentarias
Tierras marginales
Índice de carga
Fecha de publicación : 2007
Editorial : Cambridge University Press
Citación : Osoro, K... [et al.]. Diet selection and live-weight changes of two breeds of goats grazing on heathlands. Animal. 2007; 1 : 449-457
Resumen : Diet selection, live-weight changes and productivity per hectare of two breeds of goats (Cashmere and local Celtiberic) managed in natural vegetation dominated by heather, and the effect of stocking rate (high or low) in the Cashmere breed, were studied during four grazing seasons. Breed had a significant (P , 0.01) effect on the available biomass and its components over the experimental period as a consequence of the differences in dietary components selected by the animals. Local goats produced a greater reduction in short and tall heather and in the percentage of leaves in the tall heather. Live-weight changes were significantly (P , 0.001) different between breeds. Over all experimental years Cashmere goats maintained weight under both low and high stocking rate (4 and 21 g/day respectively), while local Celtiberic goats lost 30 g/day. Across all grazing seasons and experimental years stocking rate did not significantly affect individual live-weight changes of Cashmere goats. Productivity per hectare did not differ significantly (P . 0.05) between high (20.6 kg/ha) and low stocking rate treatments (4.1 kg/ha). However it was significantly (P , 0.001) worse for the local breed treatment (251 kg/ha). As a consequence, in these vegetation communities with low abundance and poor quality of herbaceous plants it will be impossible to develop sustainable systems from the animal production point of view, and their management would need to be integrated during the grazing season by alternating with vegetation communities with better quality.
URI : https://ria.asturias.es/RIA/handle/123456789/9645
ISSN : 1751-7311
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