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A basic characterization of small-holders ’ goat production systems in Laghouat area, Algeria
Laouadi, Mourad [> >]
Tennah, Safia [ENSV Alger > > > >]
Kafidi, Nacereddine [> >]
Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Dpt. de gestion vétérinaire des Ressources Animales (DRA) > Biostatistique, économie, sélection animale >]
Moula, Nassim mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > > Scientifiques attachés au Doyen (F MV) >]
Springer Open
[en] Goat genetic resources, Farming system, Management, Multivariate analysis, Laghouat, Algeria
[en] In order to investigate the practices of goat breeding and establish a classification of goat herds, a survey was conducted with 106 goat breeders in the semi-arid region of Laghouat. Two indigenous breeds were encountered in this survey: the Arabia and the Mekatia; the Arabia being found as the dominant. The results show that breeders choose the breeding goats with a goal of generating more income in cash from the sale of products. The goat milk marketing chain appears to be weak. The milk produced is primary used for home consumption. A multivariate analysis
categorized the goat farming of Laghouat region into three groups corresponding to three different farming systems:
cluster 1 (pastoral system), cluster 2 (mixed crop-livestock system) and cluster 3 (small herds in zero grazing system).
The in-depth study of the goals and contexts of goat farming in Laghouat will allow policy makers to design strategies for sustainable development of goat breeding in the region.
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