Increase in Autumn and Winter milk production in dairy goats

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Goat milk manufactures with the highest profit margin have short shelf lives necessitating a relatively constant supply of milk. Unfortunately, goat milk production is seasonal, being greatest in spring and summer, then declining to a nadir in winter. Given adequate nutrition, this seasonal pattern of milk production is a direct reflection of the seasonal pattern of reproduction in goats, as they normally commence regular oestrous cycles in autumn, and thus kid in late winter and early spring.
The objective of this project was to develop management options for advancing the breeding season of goats.

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