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Evaluation of the genetic potential of typical Transkei ewes and rams. 

2  Wool characteristics

 

P. G. Marais  and C. Stannard


Grootfontein ADI, P/Bag X529, Middelburg (EC), 5900

 


The aim of this study is to determine the impact of the NWGA livestock improvement program in the communal areas of the Eastern Cape. The objective of this part of the study is to valuate the wool characteristics of the communal rams vs the commercial rams in the commercial areas of the Eastern Cape. The project started in March 2004 at four localities in Tarkastad and Cathcarth districts. These farmers represent the commercial farming group in the project. At the start of the project at each locality, a flock of 200 ewes of the farmer was randomly divided into two groups. One group of ewes was mated to six commercial rams and the other 100 ewes to six typical Transkei rams. After mating the groups were run together as one flock. Data were collected from all the lambs being born at the farms of the commercial farmers partisipating  in the project. The following wool characterists were collected and determined: fibre diameter (MFD; mm), coefficient of variation of fibre diameter (CV-MFD, %), standard deviation of fibre diameter along the staple the length of the staple (SD_ALONG; mm).