Modeling Lactation Curves of Turkish Saanen and Bornova Goats

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TAKMA Ç. , AKBAŞ Y., Taskin T.

ASIAN JOURNAL OF ANIMAL AND VETERINARY ADVANCES, vol.4, no.3, pp.122-129, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.3923/ajava.2009.122.129
  • Page Numbers: pp.122-129


Lactation curves of 23 Bomova (25% White Germanx25% Maltasex50% Anglo-Nubian crossbreed) and 37 Turkish Saanen dairy goats were estimated in this study. Individual 427 test-day milk yields were recorded monthly from lambing to drying off. The Wood (WD) and Cobby and Le Du (CL) models were applied to estimate lactation curve parameters of the two breeds. The WD model had greater a parameter (average milk yield at the beginning of the lactation) than CL model. The difference between breeds was significant (p < 0.05) for the b parameter related to slope up to peak yield. The two models estimated significantly different pattern of the decline in milk production. Coefficient of determination values (R(2)) of the models were high and ranged from 0.83 to 0.91. The CL model showed better performance than WD model. Lactation curve characteristics including Peak Yield (PY), Time to Peak Yield (TPY), Total Milk Yields (TMY) and Persistency (P) were also estimated using WD, CL and Fleischmann (FL) methods. WD and CL models forecasted higher PY and earlier TPY in comparison with the FL. TMY and P from two models were lower than those from FL. The effect of breed was significant (p < 0.05) on TPY. Correlation coefficients among lactation curve characteristics were ranged from -0.29 to 0.78. The results suggest that CL model was better for the fitting of the test-day milk yields of Turkish Saanen and Bornova goats.