Research Themes

Dairy Goat Nutrition

There has been and is a wide array of research areas addressed by our program. All major types of goats produced in the West Bank, Palestine are considered, i.e., ones raised for meat and milk. The Institute has and will in the future conduct research to increase levels and efficiencies of goat production, enhance utilization of goat products, and improve use of goats for specific purposes such as vegetation management. There is intent to increase economic returns to those raising goats or processing their products, as well as providing other benefits such as enhanced sustainability of livestock production systems. Institute researchers have studied impact of sub-clinical mastitis on production and quality of goat milk in the west bank market.

There has been and is a wide array of research areas addressed by our program. All major types of goats produced in the West Bank, Palestine are considered, i.e., ones raised for meat and milk. The Institute has and will in the future conduct research to increase levels and efficiencies of goat production, enhance utilization of goat products, and improve use of goats for specific purposes such as vegetation management. There is intent to increase economic returns to those raising goats or processing their products, as well as providing other benefits such as enhanced sustainability of livestock production systems.
Our study is designed to examine is designed to assess the impact of sub-clinical mastitis on production and quality of goat milk in the West Bank market

Our research Objectives:

  • Enhance the marketability and profitability of goat milk and dairy products by improving product microbiological and sensory quality.

  • Investigate changes in PL and SCC of milk caused by subclinical mastitis and their effects on milk coagulation, and cheese yield and texture.

  • Test the impact of major types of CNS bacteria species causing IMI (S. epidermidis, S. simulans, S. caprae, and S. chromogenes) on the inflammatory response in milk and to relate it to caseinolysis, coagulation properties, and cheese yield.

  • Assess prevalence of subclinical mastitis in dairy goats during a year-round lactation in the West Bank.

  • Quantify and qualify losses in milk yield and cheese production associated with subclinical mastitis.

  • Study the mechanism by which CNS affects caseinolysis and in turn the coagulation properties.

  • Develop and implement biological, biochemical and/or physical interventions to control undesirable microbes.

  • Assist store managers and personnel handling goat milk and dairy products by providing information and techniques to maximize product quality and shelf-life.

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