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Title: Characterization of semi-extensive goat production systems in South Marmara region of Turkey
Authors: Uludağ Üniversitesi/Ziraat Fakültesi/Zootekni Bölümü.
Koyuncu, Mehmet
Uzun, Şebnem Kara
Tuncel, Erdoğan
Keywords: Goat
Farming systems
South Marmara Turkey
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Uludağ Üniversitesi
Citation: Koyuncu, M. vd. (2008). "Characterization of semi-extensive goat production systems in South Marmara region of Turkey". Journal of Biological and Environmental Sciences, 2(5), 53-58.
Abstract: This study attempts to describe the semi-extensive goat farming sector in south Marmara region of Turkey and to establish characteristics. Ninety-two goat farmers were surveyed in four provinces of this region. The aim of the study was to assess and document the prevailing goat production systems in the provinces. Information obtained was mainly on flock sizes, reasons for keeping, breeding and management practices. A structured questionnaire, based on interviews of 92 respondents revealed variability in response among flock sizes (116–220). Most of the goat farms studied is single-worker or family managed. Goat supply kids, milk and fiber, especially to farmers moving their animals through seasonal grazing. Farms specializing in milk production, whose main activity is dairy goat farming. Feeding depends largely on grazing, with little area being cultivated to produce feed for the goats. Goats in these systems have not been adequately studied, nor have they received the same attention as sheep. Goat production practices are essentially traditional and characterized by low productivity. Poor overall management, inadequate housing, malnutrition, improper use of grazing resources, inadequate health services, lack of organized marketing and lack of a national policy on small ruminant production, were identified as major constraints. However, recently more attention has been paid to goat production by producer and productivity is increasing. This work supposes previous steps for improving the semi-extensive goat farming sector. From a methodological point of view, the discussion on variable types and utility establishes farm type characteristics.
ISSN: 1307-9530
Appears in Collections:2008 Cilt 2 Sayı 5

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