The musk production of captive alpine musk deer Moschus chrysogaster from Xinglongshan Musk Deer Farm of Gansu Province, China
Kang-Fagong; Liu-Zhixiao; Chen-Jiangguo; Wang-Chenghua; Liang-Liang; Xu-Zhong; Deng-Kaidong
Acta Theriologica Sinica 28(2): 221-224
ISSN/ISBN: 1000-1050 Accession: 033873962
The annual musk production of captive alpine musk deer (Moschus chrysogaster) in Xinglongshan Musk Deer Farm (E103 degrees 50' - 104 degrees 10', N35 degrees 38' - 58'), Gansu, from 1996 to 2007, were analyzed in this paper. The results showed that: (I) The average musk production from 507 individuals was 8.8 g, with the highest 22.6 g and lowest 1.0 g; (2) The musk production of 76.9% individuals was within the range of 5 - 15 g; (3) The average musk production from 1.5 year group was [lie highest 10.3 g among all age groups, which might have resulted from the well-breeding to the young; (4) The distribution of the annual musk production since 1998 appeared to be a typical wave-shaped curve; (5) The average musk production (8.8 g) was lower than those reported by the other farms, and the main cause was probably the unbalanced rations, and (6) The annual average musk production (above 12 g) and harvest times (above 7 times) of a few individuals were relatively high, and it was suggested that the breeding program of musk deer should be emphasized in the future.