The influence of non-genetic factors on the shape of lactation curves in Red Sokoto goats

  title={The influence of non-genetic factors on the shape of lactation curves in Red Sokoto goats},
  author={Gerald N. Akpa and E. O. Asiribo and Oluwakemi Oluremilekun Oni and J. P. Alawa},
Milk yields of 66 nursing does recorded in Zaria, Nigeria were used to characterize the lactation curve and study the influencing factors in Red Sokoto goats. Lactation curve parameters obtained by fitting the model: Yt = atbe–ct were subjected to statistical analysis, using herd, season, parity, litter size and litter composition of dams. The results indicate that the lactation curve of these goats was characterized by milk production increasing in early lactation, attaining a peak at… CONTINUE READING

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