Selection of Black Bengal Buck Based on Some Reproductive Performance of Their Progeny at Semi-Intensive Rearing System

  •  M. Haque    
  •  S. Husain    
  •  M. A. M. Khandoker    
  •  M. Mia    
  •  A. Apu    


The objective of this study was to select Black Bengal Buck Based on some reproductive performance of their progeny. The least-squares means for overall reproductive performances of age of first kidding (AFK), weight at first kidding (WFK), gestation length (GL), kidding interval (KI), post-partum heat (PPT), litter size at birth (LS) and litter weight at birth were 465.6 days, 13.22 kg, 145.34 days, 302.5 days, 123.84 days, 1.61 and 1.66 kg, respectively. The effect of flock and generation were significant (p<0.05) for AFK, WFK, KI, PPT, LS and LWB. The effect of parity of doe was significant (p<0.01) for LSB and LWB. The effect of season was significant (p<0.05) for KI, PPT and LWB. The heritability value for these traits was ranges from 0.17 to 0.24 and predicted breeding value from -0.003 to 0.445. According to the genetic worth of the buck the highest breeding value of reproductive traits were found in the progeny of Buck No. 32, followed by Buck No. 52, 54, 81 and 87. This progeny tested bucks may be used for the improvement of the reproductive potentials of Black Bengal goat through Artificial Insemination (A.I). The lowest breeding value of reproductive traits was found from the progeny of Buck No. 3 followed by Buck No. 11. The low estimates of heritability obtained for reproductive traits indicated that selection based on the doe’s own performance may result in slow genetic improvement therefore; the progeny testing program will be beneficial to the farmers and fulfill their need by supplying superior sires of high genetic merit.

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