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Prediction of Body Weight from Linear Body Measurement Traits of Boer Goats Raised at Farm Tivolie, Limpopo Province, South Africa

Lebo Trudy Rashijane1, Vusi G Mbazima2 and Thobela Louis Tyasi1
  • 1 University of Limpopo, South Africa
  • 2 Private Bag X1106, South Africa

Abstract

A total of 72 Boer goats (females = 58 and males = 14) from the age of one to five years were used to determine the association between Body Weight (BW) and linear body measurement traits viz. Body Length (BL), Heart Girth (HG), Rump Height (RH), Rump Width (RW), Ear Length (EL), Cannon Circumference (CC) and Heard Width (HW) and to establish a model for the prediction of BW using linear body measurement traits. Pearson correlation results indicated that BW in Boer goats had a positively high statistically association (P<0.01) with BL (r = 0.86**), HG (r = 0.89**), RH (r = 0.75**), CC (r = 0.58**) and HW (r = 0.65**). Furthermore, the results showed that BW in bucks had a positively high statistical correlation (P<0.01) with BL (r = 0.62**), HG (r = 0.83**), RH (r = 0. 56**) and HW (r = 0.51**) and a positive statistical correlation (P<0.05) with RW (r = 0.31*) and CC (r = 0.36*), as well as a negative statistical association (P<0.05) with EL (r = -0.25*). The regression results suggest that improving BL and HG might result in the improvement of BW in Boer goats.

American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Volume 16 No. 4, 2021, 278-288

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajavsp.2021.278.288

Submitted On: 15 June 2021 Published On: 20 November 2021

How to Cite: Rashijane, L. T., Mbazima, V. G. & Tyasi, T. L. (2021). Prediction of Body Weight from Linear Body Measurement Traits of Boer Goats Raised at Farm Tivolie, Limpopo Province, South Africa. American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, 16(4), 278-288. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajavsp.2021.278.288

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Keywords

  • Body Weight
  • Correlation
  • Regression
  • Heart Girth
  • Body Length