Most autochthonous goat breeds of the Lombardy Alps are now extensively raised. The suckling kid is thus the main product, highly appreciated and requested by the consumers during the Easter season. As few information exist on this type of production in field conditions, we thought it might be interesting to record and compare growth of natural suckling kids from two autochthonous goat breeds of the Lombardy Alps, i.e. Lariana or Livo and Frisa Valtellinese or Frontalasca. The latter is a standardised breed well known and highly praised for kid production. The former is a primary goat population whose Anagraphic Registry has been only recently established. Previously we contributed to the characterisation of this primary goat population with investigations on its phenotypic and visible genic profile (Crepaldi et al., 1999), on the AFLP loci genetic distances from other goat populations (Crepaldi et al., 2001a) and on her milk casein genetic polymorphism (Crepaldi et al., 2001b). The two breeds under study are raised in the same region of Northern Italy, in two near by valleys with no overlapping areas.
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 2002. Session 11, , 11.27, 2002
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