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Some Prediction Equations of Live Weight from Different Body Measurements in Shami (Damascus) Goats

Author(s): S. G?l | ?. G?rg?l? | M. Keskin | O. Bi?er | A.Sar

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

Volume: 4;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 532;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: Shami (Damascus) goats | live weight | body measurements

This study was carried out with Damascus (Shami) goats and their kids at research and training farm of Mustafa Kemal University to obtain some prediction equations between live weight and different body measurements. The data were from dams at mating season and from kids at three days age. Stepwise regression was used to determine the most suitable model in prediction of live weight using different body measurements. For live weight estimation, the biggest R2 values were obtained from equations with hearth girth, hip width, hip height, withers height and width of tuber coxae. It is concluded that live weight could be predicted by using different body measurements for both Shami dams and their kids.
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