Milking behaviour of Saanen goats

IVAN VARLYAKOV, TODOR SLAVOV, VESELIN RADEV, IVELINA NEDEVA, GEORGI NIKOLOV
Trakia University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Morphology, Physiology and Nutrition, 6000 Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

Abstract

VARLYAKOV, I., T. SLAVOV, V. RADEV, I. NEDEVA AND G. NIKOLOV, 2018. Milking behaviour of Saanen goats. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 24 (Suppl. 1): 109–118

The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of intensive rearing conditions on behaviour of Saanen goats. The focus of the investigation was the milking behaviour and the effect of age and productivity on it. A strict hierarchical order was established in the herd. The major part of animals built up a reflex towards the place in the milking parlour, which sometimes resulted in technological problems. The production performance had a lower effect than age on the social rank. The effect of the age on the four studied traits: milk yield, rate of milk flow, persistence in using a milking place and order of entering the parlour was the most pronounced in high-production animals.

Keywords: goats; milking behaviour; milk production; age

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