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Prediction of the relationship between body weight and body condition score in sheep

Cannas, Antonello and Boe, Filippo (2003) Prediction of the relationship between body weight and body condition score in sheep. Italian Journal of Animal Science, Vol. 2 (Suppl. 1), p. 527-529. eISSN 1828-051X. Article.

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Abstract

During the whole production cycle it is important to monitor the energy balance and to quantify body reserve changes of the ewes. This can be done, both in experimental settings and in the field, by estimating the body condition score (BCS) of the ewes and its variations. However, if this tool is used to balance the diets it is necessary to know the relationship between BCS and body weight (BW), which varies depending on the mature size of the breed and of the population considered within each breed. The relationship between BW and BCS has been studied only for some sheep breeds and populations. For this reason, this research aimed to develop a prediction model of this relationship in ewes for any breed or population.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:5815
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Sheep, body weight, body condition score, prediction
Subjects:Area 07 - Scienze agrarie e veterinarie > AGR/18 Nutrizione e alimentazione animale
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Scienze zootecniche
Publisher:Avenue media on behalf of Scientific Association of Animal Production (ASPA)
eISSN:1828-051X
Publisher Policy:Depositato per gentile concessione dell'ASPA
Additional Information:Relazione presentata al 15. Congresso nazionale ASPA, Parma, 18-20 giugno 2003.
Deposited On:24 Mar 2011 09:59

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