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Revista Brasileira de Zootecnia

On-line version ISSN 1806-9290

Abstract

SILVA, Claudete Maria da et al. Image monitoring on the behavior study of three genetic groups of confined goats. R. Bras. Zootec. [online]. 2014, vol.43, n.6, pp.327-335. ISSN 1806-9290.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-35982014000600007.

The objective of this study was to analyze the behavior of three genetic groups of confined goats by image monitoring using nine unneutered goats of the Azul, Graúna and Moxotó genotypes. The experimental design was completely randomized, in a 3 × 3 factorial arrangement (genetic groups × periods - morning, afternoon and night), with three replications. Animals were monitored by video cameras placed at the ceiling of each stall for 10 days. There were interaction factors in the frequency of behavioral categories: interaction with the trough, self-cleaning, standing bipedally, social interaction, and other activities. Azul, Graúna and Moxotó native goats kept in the same environment under the same system of containment and feeding show different frequencies and durations in their behaviors, which are influenced by the period of the day.

Keywords : ethogram; feed intake; rumination; social interaction; water consumption.

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