Honamlı, Newly Registered Special Goat Breed of Turkey

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Abstract

Honamlı goat has found a place for itself in the goat breeds of Turkey in the last decade. Although it has unique specifications for both morphological and physiological, the breed used to be counted in the Turkish Hair goats for a long time. Roman nose, crescent-like horns and pendulous tail are the most eye-catcher characters. These goats are generally reared on the Taurus Mountains in Mediterranean region. Breeding these goats is part of culture and heritage. Honamlı is a multipurpose breed but usually mentioned for its big body and meat production. Pure and crossed Honamlı kids have capacities to grow faster and to get more weights in a shorter time. Milk production and reproduction traits have significant meaning in very limited flocks. Generally, nomad and seminomad people rear this hardy breed in mountainy highlands covered with maquis-shrubland. Honamlı can use various areas such as stubble, pasture, shrubs, bushes, and maquis. They are also good grazer and browser near and in the forest areas. The mixed area with pasture and maquis is the best location for them to show their genetic capacity. The last several years were introductory period for Honamlı, the development in production traits will be appreciated for in both the literature and sector in the next future.

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Acknowledgements

The completion of this chapter gives us much pleasure. We would like to show our gratitude to TAGEM (General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies), TUBİTAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), and Antalya and Burdur Sheep and Goat Associations. The projects (TAGEM/07HON2011-01, TAGEM/15HON2011-01, TÜBİTAK 112R031, 215O879, 109R020, 112O939, and 114R064) on Honamlı goat would not have been possible without the valuable support of them.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Veterinary Faculty, Department of Animal ScienceMehmet Akif Ersoy UniversityBurdurTurkey

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