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Dairy goats feeding and nutrition.

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Dairy goats have long been considered an important source of income for rural populations, providing the opportunity for profitable and sustainable diversity for small farms. Their importance is also increasing in intensive feeding systems and in large farms. They are highly adaptable due to their unique feeding habits and have become popular livestock animals in a range of environments, from temp...


Chapter 8 (Page no: 161)

Foraging behaviour and intake of goats browsing on mediterranean shrublands.

The importance of goat production systems in the Mediterranean countries is related to the ability of these animals to convert the vegetation of marginal areas into high quality products. In such environments, shrub species are very often the main available feed source. Among domestic ruminants, goats have a unique ability to adapt to a wide variety of climatic conditions and forage species that very often are characterized by low nutritive value. This is due to the particular behaviour of goats, classified as opportunistic feeders and to their higher digestive efficiency for high-fibre, low-quality forages compared with sheep and cattle. The utilization of woody vegetation by goats can also be used as a tool to reduce shrub encroachment and the risk of wildfires. Since knowledge of the foraging behaviour and intake of goats browsing on Mediterranean shrublands is important to their efficient production, these aspects are discussed in this chapter.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Nutrition and quality of goat's milk. Author(s): Pulina, G. Nudda, A. Battacone, G. Fancellu, S. Francesconi, A. H. D.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 31) Mathematical modelling of goat lactation curves. Author(s): Macciotta, N. P. P. Dimauro, C. Steri, R. Cappio-Borlino, A.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 47) Lipids of goat's milk: origin, composition and main sources of variation. Author(s): Mele, M. Buccioni, A. Serra, A. Antongiovanni, M. Secchiari, P.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 71) Protein components of goat's milk. Author(s): Greppi, G. F. Roncada, P. Fortin, R.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 95) Aromatic and nutritional quality of goat's milk. Author(s): Fedele, V.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 118) Energy and protein requirements of goats. Author(s): Cannas, A. Atzori, A. S. Boe, F. Teixeira, I. A. M. A.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 147) Feed intake. Author(s): Avondo, M. Biondi, L. Pagano, R. I. Bonanno, A. Lutri, L.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 189) Grazing management of dairy goats on mediterranean herbaceous pastures. Author(s): Bonanno, A. Fedele, V. Grigoli, A. di
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 221) Feeding management of dairy goats in intensive systems. Author(s): Rapetti, L. Bava, L.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 238) Goat nutrition for fibre production. Author(s): Trana, A. di Sepe, L.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 263) Metabolic and nutritional diseases. Author(s): Stelletta, C. Gianesella, M. Morgante, M.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • AGRIS Sardegna - Dipartimento per la Ricerca nelle Produzioni Animali, 07040 Olmedo, Sassari, Italy.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2008
  • ISBN
  • 9781845933487
  • Record Number
  • 20083075576