Impacts of Climate Parameters on Physiological Characteristics of Karayaka Sheep

Karaman S., AKSOY Y., Duman M., Ulutas Z.

KAFKAS UNIVERSITESI VETERINER FAKULTESI DERGISI, vol.19, no.3, pp.499-504, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Objectives of this research were to investigate the variations in adaptation parameters of Karayaka rams and ewes to cold winter conditions, to determine mutual interactions among them and to put forward their physiological responses against climate parameters. Average body temperatures of rams and ewes were respectively determined as 39.51 degrees C and 39.31 degrees C in the morning, 39.64 degrees C and 39.50 degrees C in the evening; pulse rates were determined as 88.86 and 83.04 pulse/min in the morning, 91.68 and 86.96 pulse/min in the evening; respiration rates were determined as 39.71 and 43.06 times/min in the morning, 41.36 and 44.35 times/min in the evening. Effects of sex and measuring time on body temperature, pulse and respiration rates were found to be significant (P<0.01), interaction between sex and measuring time was found to be insignificant (P>0.05). A negative correlation was observed between relative humidity and physiological parameters. Correlations between air velocities and physiological parameters were found to be insignificant (P>0.05).