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South African Journal of Animal Science

On-line version ISSN 2221-4062
Print version ISSN 0375-1589


VAN NIEKERK, W.A.; KEVA, S.; ROETS, M.  and  COERTZE, R.J.. The influence of age and reproductive status on quality and quantity of cashmere produced by Boer goats under South African conditions. S. Afr. j. anim. sci. [online]. 2004, vol.34, n.5, pp.141-142. ISSN 2221-4062.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the quality and quantity of cashmere produced by Boer goats in South Africa. No significant differences were found between reproductive status and qualitative and quantitative characteristics of cashmere produced by Boer goats. Both fibre production and fibre diameter did not differ between two to three year old and older animals. Boer goats under typical South African conditions produced a low but good quality cashmere.

Keywords : Cashmere; age; reproductive status; production; Boer goat.

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