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Yield characteristics of goat’s meat in the semi-arid zone of north-western Nigeria

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Author(s): M. Jibir | W.A. Hassan | S.A. Maigandi | S. Garba | A. Bello | S.A. Hena | M.A. Umaru | Y.A. Adamu

Journal: Scientific Journal of Agriculture
ISSN 2322-2425

Volume: 1;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 92;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Sokoto Red goat | Sahel goat | Carcass yield | Fleshing index

ABSTRACT
A study was conducted to characterize autochthonous goats of the semi-arid zone of North-western Nigeria for their meat potential. Thirty two intact male goats representing eight replicates of two breeds (Sokoto Red and Sahel) and two ages (young and mature) were investigated for carcass and meat yield characteristics. Breed had no significant effect on carcass weight, carcass yield, fleshing index, loin eye area and total edible portion (P>0.05). Sahel goats were however heavier and had higher empty body weight (EBW) than Sokoto Red goats, which were superior in body mass index (BMI) (P
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