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BITES RATE ON NATIVE VEGETATION BY TRASHUMANCE GOATS GRAZING IN MOUNTAIN RANGELAND IN NUDO MIXTECO, MEXICO

By F.J. Franco-Guerra, A.G. Gómez, O.A. Villareal, J.C. Camacho, J.E. Hernández, E.L. Rodrígez and O. Marcito

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The objective of the present study was to determine the habits of grazing-browsing by the rate of bites and rate of consumption in the dry matter (MS) of the diet of goats under transhumance grazing in mountain rangelands of Nudo Mixteco, being the natural vegetation in the different strata. Six animals of different age and sex were randomly chosen. Direct observation of grazing method was used to determine the rate of bites/min and the rate of consumption by layers. Analyzes of variance was performed and the Tukey test was used for mean comparison test was used (HSD) Tukey (α, 0.05). The values of both variables were small, which may be due to the great diversity of plants and their varied morphology which induces the goat won on the one hand to spend more time in the choice of food becoming more selective and on the other, to carry out bites smaller in those plants whose leaf surface is of the type megafilia or in those woody whose leaves are very small (microphilia 2.25 cm2 to 20.25 cm2)

Topics: goats, rate of ingestion, browse plants, fruit., Agriculture, S, Agriculture (General), S1-972
Publisher: Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
Year: 2014
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:763c713c6100408abed3454fdcadae27
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