Phenotypic diversity of South African indigenous goat population in selected rural areas

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dc.contributor.author Chokoe, Tlou Caswell
dc.contributor.author Matelele, Tlou Cornelia
dc.contributor.author Maqhashu, Ayanda
dc.contributor.author Ramukhithi, Fhulufhelo Vincent
dc.contributor.author Mphahlele, Tumudi Desmond
dc.contributor.author Mpofu, Takalani Judas
dc.contributor.author Nephawe, Khathutshelo Agree
dc.contributor.author Mtileni, Bohani
dc.date.accessioned 2021-06-09T06:50:55Z
dc.date.available 2021-06-09T06:50:55Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.description.abstract Phenotypic characterisation of indigenous goat populations is crucial in providing information on goat types and their attributes and may play an important role as guideline for conservation and sustainable us of these resources. The objective of this study was to characterise indigenous goat populations in rural areas of South Africa. Appearance of indigenous goat phenotypes and their typical features were observed from 297 individual goats. FREQ procedure of Statistical Analysis System was used to determine the descriptive statistics of the qualitative phenotypic variables. To detect the statistical differences for quantitative traits, the General Linear Model procedure of SAS was computed, whereas Fisher’s Least Significant Difference test was used to separate the least square means (P<0.05). Horns and toggles were the most dominant phenotypes found in the different regions, while the beard had low proportions across regions. Black coat colour was the dominant colour (9.68-69.57%) of most of the populations in Mopani, Vhembe, Tshwane, Westrand, Bojanala, Motheo and Thabo Mofutsanyane regions. There was a significant (P<0.05) difference in all phenotypic measurements, with higher (P<0.05) values for body length (48.23 cm), body weight (26.86 kg) and wither height (64.61 cm) observed in indigenous goats of Dr. Ruth Segomotsi Mompati (DRSM) region. Goats in Tshwane, Westrand and DRSM had significantly similar body length whilst also those in Motheo, Thabo and Vhembe had significantly similar body length. The indigenous goats of Thabo Mofutsanyana region had the highest (P<0.05) value for rump length (17.52 cm), however have the shortest tail length (7.17 cm) compared to those at other regions. Results from the study shows considerable phenotypic heterogeneity in qualitative traits of indigenous goat population and their distributions in different regions. en_ZA
dc.description.department Animal and Wildlife Sciences en_ZA
dc.description.librarian pm2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://thescipub.com/journals/ajavs en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Chokoe, T. C., Matelele, T. C., Maqhashu, A., Ramukhithi, F. V., Mphahlele, T. D., Mpofu, T. J., Nephawe, K. A. & Mtileni, B. (2020). Phenotypic Diversity of South African Indigenous Goat Population in Selected Rural Areas. American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, 15(1), 59-66. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajavsp.2020.59.66. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1557-4555 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.3844/ajavsp.2020.59.66
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/80260
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Science Publications en_ZA
dc.rights © 2020 Tlou Caswell Chokoe, Tlou Cornelia Matelele, Ayanda Maqhashu, Fhulufhelo Vincent Ramukhithi, Tumudi Desmond Mphahlele, Takalani Judas Mpofu, Khathutshelo Agree Nephawe and Bohani Mtileni. This open access article is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 3.0 license. en_ZA
dc.subject Characterization en_ZA
dc.subject Phenotypes en_ZA
dc.subject Regions en_ZA
dc.subject Goats en_ZA
dc.subject Body length en_ZA
dc.subject Coat colour en_ZA
dc.subject Indigenous goat population en_ZA
dc.subject Rural areas en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.title Phenotypic diversity of South African indigenous goat population in selected rural areas en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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