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Morphological characteristics of Shami goat in two farms in Malaysia

Shami goat is a dual-purpose goat originated from Syria and widely spread into Mediterranean countries. Previous study on morphological characteristics have been done on the first batch of Shami goat imported to Malaysia in 2009. The objective of this study was to evaluate the current status of the morphological characteristics of Shami goats born in Malaysia under full intensive farming system. A total of 239 goats were sampled and thirteen morphological traits were studied; i) coat pattern ii) coat colour iii) skin type iv) fibre type v) hair type vi) hair length, vii) horn, viii) horn shape ix) horn orientation x) ear type xi) eye colour xii) beard xiii) wattle; were observed. The results indicated that 99.6% of coat pattern were plain while others were patchy. The coat colours were 50.2% brown, 43.5% dark brown, 3.3% black, 1.7% light brown and 1.3% fawn. All skin type were not pigmented. All goats showed cashmere fibre-type. All goats displayed a straight-long hair type. 59.3% displayed long, 30.7% medium and 10% short hair length.  87.3% showed presence of horn. All goats showed a curved-shaped horn, with 98% backward, 1% sideward and 1% forward horn orientation. All goats displayed pendulous ear type.  The goats showed various eye colour (38.8% cream, 29.7% light brown. 17.2% brown, and 14.2% brown). 28.9% were bearded and 44.7 % showed presence of wattle. As a comparison with the previous study, Shami goat showed differences in percentages of certain morphological traits as compares to the first batch arrived in Malaysia.

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Salleh Sheik Ibrahim. Morphological characteristics of Shami goat in two farms in Malaysia. 30th Veterinary Association of Malaysia (VAM) Congress. 19th-20th October, 2018. Hilton Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.(Abstract of Oral Presentation).

 

*1Salleh Sheikh Ibrahim, 2Halimatun Yaakub, 2Frisco Nobilly, 3Jothi Malar Panandam  

1Department of Veterinary Services, Malaysia  

2Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia 

3Ecotone Worldwide Sdn. Bhd., Suite 912, Block A, Kelana Centre Point, 3, Jalan SS7/19, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor  

*Corresponding Author: salleh@dvs.gov.my 


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