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Effect of Breed of Sire on Growth Performance of Exotic Crossbred Pigs in a Humid Tropical Environment

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Author(s): U.K.Oke | S.N. Ibe | F.I. Ologbose | K.U. Amaefula

Journal: Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
ISSN 1680-5593

Volume: 5;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 744;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Breed of sire | growth performance | humid tropics

ABSTRACT
The study investigated the effect of breed of sire on growth characteristics of exotic crossbred pigs in a humid tropical environment. Body weight and other body traits, namely Body Length (BL), Height at Withers (HTW), Heart Girth (HG) and Rear Girth (RG) were measured biweekly for three months (12 weeks) on 96 crossbred progeny of twelve Large White (LW) sows mated with three different breeds of sire, namely Large White, Hampshire (HS) and Duroc (DC) in the ration of 1:4. The data were subjected to Analysis of Variance appropriate for Completely Randomized Design (C.R.D.) and significant means were separated with Duncan?s New Multiple Range Test (DNMRT). There were significant (p
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