Meat production from female goat kids compared with males
El Muola, I.H.A.; Babiker, S.A.; El Khidir, O.A.; Ibrahim, S.E.
Journal of Agricultural Science 133(2): 223-226
ISSN/ISBN: 0021-8596 DOI: 10.1017/s0021859699006644
12 male and 12 female desert goat kids were used to study the meat production potential of desert goats at Kuku Research Station (Khartoum North, Sudan). The kids were separated according to sex and fed a complete diet (a concentrate mix and green lucerne) ad lib. for 147 days from 12 July to 10 October 1997. Male kids consumed more dry matter, had significantly (P<0.05) greater liveweight gain and heavier slaughter weight (P<0.01) and slightly higher feed conversion efficiency than females. Carcass weight was significantly (P<0.05) greater in males than females. The dressing percentage of females was higher than that of males. Male carcasses had significantly (P<0.05) more muscle and slightly more bone than female carcasses; female carcasses had significantly more fat (P<0.001) and trimmings (P<0.05). Carcasses from males yielded significantly (P<0.001) heavier wholesale cuts for single short forequarter and neck; carcasses of females yielded slightly heavier wholesale cuts for leg and chump, and best end of neck and significantly (P<0.01) heavier loin and breast.