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Asian Journal of Animal Sciences
  Year: 2012 | Volume: 6 | Issue: 3 | Page No.: 140-146
DOI: 10.3923/ajas.2012.140.146
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Studies on Body Weight and Linear Body Measurements of Castrates and Non-Castrate Savannah Brown Goats

A.A. Bello and T.Z. Adama

Studies on body weight and linear body measurements of castrate and non-castrate savannah brown goats were carried out using ten goats consisting of two treatments (T1 and T2 ). T1 represents castrates and T2 represents non-castrates. Results indicated no significant (p>0.05) difference between the weight gain of castrates and non-castrates. Similarly it was observed from this study that castration had no significant effect as non-castrates obtained higher values in height at wither, fore leg length, horn length, poll distance, face length and horn base conference compared with those castrated. Additionally, there was no significant difference between the two treatments in terms of body length, chest girth, hind leg length, ear length, neck length and neck circumference. Of the body linear measurements measured, chest girth and Horn base circumference were the related traits to the body weight and the correlation between these traits were (r = 0.677) and (r = 0.605), respectively. The highest correlation co-efficient value was found between chest girth and body weight followed by Horn base circumference and body weight. It was therefore concluded that the two traits above could be used to predict body weight of castrated savannah brown goats. Chest girth measurement would be the best to estimate the body weight of these breed of animal.
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How to cite this article:

A.A. Bello and T.Z. Adama, 2012. Studies on Body Weight and Linear Body Measurements of Castrates and Non-Castrate Savannah Brown Goats. Asian Journal of Animal Sciences, 6: 140-146.

DOI: 10.3923/ajas.2012.140.146






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