Effect of feed restriction on economical and productive performances of F1-Boer x Saanen goats

The goal of this study was to evaluate the effect of different feed restriction levels (0, 30 and 60%) on economical and productive performances of F1-Boer x Saanen goats. Twenty-one non-castrated goats with 15.44 ± 0.37 kg of mean live weight (LW) were used. When animals submitted to 0% of feed restriction reached 25 kg of LW they and their pair were slaughtered after 24 h of feed fasting and 16 h of water fasting. Economical analysis was performed considering exclusively feed costs and the currency conversion (U$ 1.00 = R$ 3.70) at the period in which trial was carried out. There was no difference between feed conversions of animals submitted to 0 and 30% of restriction. Restriction had decreasing linear effect on average gross revenue, quadratic effect on average gross margin and average profitability. It was observed reduction in feed cost per kg of empty body, hot carcass and cold carcass. Restriction in moderate levels maintained feed conversion efficiency and reduced feed losses. Dairy goat breeding for slaughtering between 20 to 25 kg of LW with feed restriction from 15 kg increased profitability on feed investments until the level of 15.59%; and decreased feed costs per kg of cold carcass until the level of 16.13% of restriction. This strategy might be considered as an alternative for avoiding these animal sacrifices and for aggregation of value to production system. The goat buy at marked prices for finishing until 25 kg of LW seems to be a high-risk activity.

feed efficiency; cold carcass weight; mean profitability


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