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Existing Breeding Management Practices Followed by Pantja Goat Keepers in Tarai Region of Uttarakhand

Balbir Singh Khadda; Brijesh Singh; Devrat Singh; Sanjay Kumar Singh; Jawahar Lal Singh; Chandra Bhan Singh; Aashaq Hussain Dar.

Abstract
A bench mark survey was conducted to collect the base line information from the Pantja goat rearers regarding to various breeding management practices with special reference to Pantja goats under field condition of Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital districts of Tarai region of the Uttarakhand during a period of two year (April, 2015 to March, 2017). Majority of goat keepers (94.42%) practised heat detection and 99.98 per cent followed behavioral symptoms of goat for detection of heat in goats. Majority of goat rearers (58.60%) possessed an own buck for breeding purposes. The main breeding season was observed by 59.07% goat keepers in winters followed by 34.11% in summers and 6.82% in rainy season. Pregnancy diagnosis was followed by 90.70% of the goat keepers. The overall mean and their standard error for age at first mating, weight at first mating, age at first kidding, weight at first kidding, service period, kidding interval were found to be 255.66±2.29 days, 14.82±0.17 kg, 408.22±5.04 days, 19.15±0.25 kg, 151.70±1.08 days, 296.83±1.43 days, respectively. It may therefore be concluded that the goat keepers of the region were not fully aware about improved breeding management practices and Pantja breed of goat has an immense production potential.

Key words: Breeding Management;Goat Keepers;Heat Detection;Productive Life;Service Period


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