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Study of individual differences in the selective behavior of a herd of dairy goats



Study of individual differences in the selective behavior of a herd of dairy goats



Archivos de Zootecnia 40(146): 15-22



We have studied the individual differences in the selective behaviour of a herd of dairy goats. The results showed some animals to exhibit a manifest preference for ligneous species over the herbaceous stratum, which was in turn preferentially selected by others. Between these two extremes lay different extends of use of the different strata making up the grazing ration. There was no correlation between the living weight and the selective behaviour of the animals. The number of mouthfuls was positively correlated with grass selection and negatively correlated with the preference for ligneous species and acorns, which appears to indicate that the studied animals were less selective in consuming the former stratum than the latter two. Likewise, milk production was positively correlated with grass selection and negatively correlated that of arboreal species and acorns.

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