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Revista Colombiana de Ciencias Pecuarias

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Abstract

ALMAGUER, Yanara; FONT, Harold; CABRERA, Suitberto  and  ARIAS, Yaritza. Relationship between body and testicular measurements in young buffalo bulls in Cuba. Rev Colom Cienc Pecua [online]. 2017, vol.30, n.2, pp.138-146. ISSN 0120-0690.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17533/udea.rccp.v30n2a05.

Background:

appropriate selection of sires holds great importance in plans to genetically improve and raise buffalos.

Objective:

to obtain a statistical model that provides accurate associations between body and testicular measurements intended for selection of Bufalypso breed sires.

Methods:

measurements of body weight (BW), thoracic perimeter (TP), and scrotal circumference (SC) from 649 buffalos aged 2 to 36 months, were used to obtain the models corresponding to the associations between these traits. The statistical significance of the model and the model’s parameters were evaluated using a one-way analysis of variance. The best-fit model was established by calculating determination coefficients (R2) and mean squared error (SE).

Results:

the most adequate regression model between thoracic perimeter and body weight was TP = 19.89*BW0.37, with 99% and 0.03 for R2 and, SE, respectively. The best association between scrotal circumference and body weight was obtained with the model SC = 1.13*BW0.51, with values of 89% for R2 and of 0.1 for SE. The model that best expressed the relationship between scrotal circumference and thoracic perimeter was SC = 0.02*TP0.89, with R2 = 89% and SE = 0.01.

Conclusion:

nonlinear models described better the association between body and testicular measurements than the linear ones. These results suggest that nonlinear models are effective for selecting buffalo sires.

Keywords : body weight; modeling; nonlinear regression; scrotal circumference; thoracic perimeter.

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