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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Pieters, Anelle
URN etd-07292008-075934
Document Title Genetic characterization of commercial goat populations in South Africa
Degree MSc
Department Animal and Wildlife Sciences
Advisor Name Title
Prof A Kotze Committee Co-Chair
Dr E van Marle-Koster Supervisor
  • South Africa
  • goat breeds
  • commercial breeds
  • Boer goat
  • Savanna
  • Kalahari Red
  • Angora goat
  • Indigenous goat populations
Date 2008-04-15
Availability unrestricted

A genetic study of four commercial goat breeds in South Africa was performed using microsatellite markers. The commercial breeds included the Boer goat, Savanna, Kalahari Red and the Angora goat. Indigenous goat populations from Delftzijl and Groblersdal were also included in this study. Seventeen microsatellite markers were tested to determine the genetic variation. Genetic variation within the breeds were relatively high with heterozygosity values ranging from 57% for the Boer goat, 68% for the Kalahari Red, 69% for the Savanna goats and 70% for the Angora goats. First values indicated that the Savanna and Boer goat are genetically the closest (0.114), while the Kalahari Red and Boer goat are the least related (0.237). Phenotypic measurements included height, length, depth, heart girth, pelvic length and width for a phenotypic description. Significant differences were observed in the phenotypic measurements among all the breeds. The genetic and phenotypic differences indicate that these goats can be distinguished as different breeds. Results of this study contribute genotypic information of the commercial goats in South Africa.

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Pieters, A 2007, Genetic characterization of commercial goat populations in South Africa, MSc dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-07292008-075934/ >


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