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Morphological measurements and body indices for Cuban Creole goats and their crossbreds

By Edilberto Chacón, Fernando Macedo, Francisco Velázquez, Samuel Rezende Paiva, Eliecer Pineda and Concepta McManus

Abstract

In this work, linear body measures were taken and production indices calculated for 100 Cuban Creole goats and 100 crossbred goats in order to aid in the characterization of animal genetic resources in Cuba. Low variation was found for all indices of the Creole goats, showing homogeneity between the groups of animals studied. Most of the functional indices are related to the milk biotype which is in agreement the possible origin of the breed from animals of the Iberian Peninsula and Canary Islands. The crossbreds were more varied, mostly due to undesigned disorganized crossing. These data may help in identifying a commercial niche for the breed and contribute to in situ conservation of the Cuban Creole goat

Topics: animal genetic resources, Capra hircus, conservation, Animal culture, SF1-1100, Agriculture, S, DOAJ:Animal Sciences, DOAJ:Agriculture and Food Sciences
Publisher: Sociedade Brasileira de Zootecnia
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1590/S1516-35982011000800007
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:10fb3712feec4f40a2f4fb2d4b023158
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