Doe longevity has a significant impact upon the dairy goat industry. Does which maintain good health and high productivity, remaining in the herd for a greater number of years, will reduce the economic and environmental cost of raising replacement breeding animals per unit of milk production. Although longevity has been studied in sheep and dairy cattle (McIntyre et al. 2012, Harris & Montgomerie 2007), there is little information regarding genetic parameters for longevity traits in New Zealand dairy goats. A study (Gautam 2012) has, however, investigated characteristics associated with the length of productive life of dairy goats in New Zealand...
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 74, Napier, 49-51, 2014
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