Genetic trends of body weight and some scanning traits of Karayaka lambs

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Ulutas Z., AKSOY Y., Sahin A., Sirin E., Sen U., Kuran M.

INDIAN JOURNAL OF ANIMAL RESEARCH, vol.52, no.8, pp.1119-1123, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 52 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.18805/ijar.b-698
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1119-1123
  • Keywords: Breeding value, Genetic trend, Karayaka, Lamb, SELECTION, SHEEP, PARAMETERS, GROWTH, MUSCLE
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


This investigation was conducted to estimate the breeding values and genetic trends for body weight (BW), scanning fat depth (SFD) and scanning muscle depth (SMD) of Karayaka lambs (n= 1059) at 140 +/- 3.36 day of age. Experiments were conducted in a nucleus flock of Karayaka sheep under a selective breeding program to increase productivity at research farm of Gaziosmanpasa University between the years 2006 - 2011. Breeding values were estimated with ASREML software. While genetic trend for BW and SMD showed a smooth ascending trend, SFD exhibited a descending trend throughout the experimental period. The genetic trend for BW, SFD and SMD of Karayaka lambs were observed as 0.433 kg / year, 0.00686 mm / year and 0.00786 mm / year, respectively. The results showed that applying of a selection program on BW, SMD and SFD characteristics would increase BW and SMD values and decrease SFD value in Karayaka lambs.