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  Year: 2017 | Volume: 5 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 63-67
DOI: 10.17311/sciintl.2017.63.67
 
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Evaluation of the Relationship between Body Weight and Linear Measurements in West African Dwarf Goat as Influenced by Sex and Agro-vegetational Zone

Simeon Olawumi and Adewale Farinnako

Abstract:
Background: In the present study, body weight and body linear measurements of West African Dwarf (WAD) goats were evaluated as influenced by gender and agro-vegetational zone. Materials and Methods: Two hundred animals comprising 100 goats each of both sexes were randomly selected and measured in two different zones where they were reared extensively and kept as security against crop failure and for animal proteins supply. Results: Results revealed significant phenotypic correlations between body weight and morphometric traits and this cut across the sexes and zones. The studies also revealed high positive correlations between and among morphometric traits regardless of sex and the zone where the animals are found. Of all body linear measurements, heart girth was closely related to body weight, that is recorded highest correlation coefficient value with body weight, while height at withers has the least relationship, that is lowest correlations with body weight. The study also indicated sexual dimorphism as regards relationship between body weight and linear measurements. In addition, it was discovered that relationship between body weight and morphometric traits in WAD goats differed from one zone to another. Conclusion: Therefore, it is suggested that measurements on animals to be used for breeding or commercial purposes should be sex and zone restricted. Measurements obtained in one locality should not be applied to other zones.
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How to cite this article:

Simeon Olawumi and Adewale Farinnako, 2017. Evaluation of the Relationship between Body Weight and Linear Measurements in West African Dwarf Goat as Influenced by Sex and Agro-vegetational Zone. Science International, 5: 63-67.

DOI: 10.17311/sciintl.2017.63.67

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=sciintl.2017.63.67

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