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Body Weight and Body Measurements in Santa Inês Crossbred Sheep

The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship of body weight with different body  measurements in Santa Inês Crossbred Sheep. The data from a total of 399 animals, males and non-pregnant females, one to 48 months of age from the Sheep Unit, Institut Veterinar Malaysia, were used in this study. Animals were divided into six live body weight categories (A; 1-10, B; 11-20, C; 21-30, D; 31-40, E; 41-50 and F; 51-60 kg).  Overall mean (±SEM) values of four body measurements, body weight (BW, kg); heart girth(HG, cm); wither height (WH, cm) and body length (BL,cm) were 8.7 ± 0.2, 14.0 ± 0.3, 25.8 ± 0.2, 34.6 ± 0.3, 44.3 ± 0.6, 53.6 ± 1.3 kg; 47.2 ± 0.4, 55.8 ± 0.6, 70.0 ±  0.4, 77.3 ± 0.5, 83.3 ± 0.9 cm, 89.0 ±1.3; 17.3 ± 0.3, 19.8 ± 0.2, 24.7 ± 0.5, 25.4 ± 0.2, 25.8 ± 0.4, 29.0 ± 2.1 cm and 46.0 ± 0.6, 52.7 ± 0.7, 63.9 ± 0.5, 70.0 ± 0.9, 69.6 ± 3.0, 71.6 ± 1.0 cm in all body weight categories respectively. The mean HG measurement was significantly different (p<0.05) in all body weight categories.  A highly positive correlation coefficient (r=0.946) was established between BW and HG (p<0.01), but moderately correlated with BL (r=0.778) and WH (r=0.669), indicating relationships of association between variables measured. Similar situation were observed in male and female animals.  It is concluded that body weight could be estimated by using heart girth measurement for Santa Inês Crossbred Sheep.

Keywords: Santa Inês Crossbred Sheep, body weight, body measurements

 

N.Y., Shariffah1*, A.K., Raymond1, K.W., Chang1, B., Sabariah2,

A.M., Maizatul Azlina2, K., Rusita2, H., Noryati2 and M.A., Abu Hassan1

 

1Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia, Putrajaya

2Institut Veterinar Malaysia, Kluang, Johor

*Email:shariffahnazari@dvs.gov.my

 

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  1. N.Y, Shariffah, A.K., Raymond, K.W. Chang, B., Sabariah A.M. Maizatul Azlina and M.A., Abu Hassan. (2012). Body Weight and Body Measurements in Santa Ines Crossbred Sheep. In Proceeding. 1st Regional Conference on Agrobiodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Utilization. 25-27 September 2012. Langkawi. Kedah. Malaysia. (Page 70).

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