Livestock Studies 2022, Vol 62, Num, 1     (Pages: 007-015)

Five-year Term Evaluation of the Project Named `Kilis Goat National Breeding Project in Kilis Province`

Mahmut Keskin 1 ,Sabri Gül 1 ,Şerafettin Kaya 1

1 Hatay Mustafa Kemal University, Agriculture Faculty, Department of Animal Sciences, Hatay, Türkiye DOI : 10.46897/livestockstudies.1077836 - Kilis Goat National Breeding Project has been carried out for 12 years in cooperation with The General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Hatay Mustafa Kemal University and Sheep and Goat Breeders Association of Kilis Province. The aim of the manuscript is to inform about progresses made under the relevant project. In the second five-year period of the project, 43 breeders take part in a total of approximately 6000 female and 300 male animals. Thirtyseven of these herds are base herds and six of them are elite herds. In the study, the effects of gender, maternal age, separation as breeding stock or not, birth types and years on birth and weaning weights were analysed by using the SPSS package program. The effects of herd and age differences on lactation milk yield in elite herds were also analysed by using the SPSS package program. They were determined that birth weights varied between 2.9-3.1 kg and weaning weights between 11.2-12.7 kg for different years. And, milk yield in elite herds increased from 175.6 kg to 346.1 kg from 2016 to 2020. As conclusion, it is recommended that the continuation of this project will be beneficial. Keywords : Birth weight Weaning weight Milk yield