pISSN:1309 - 6958       eISSN:2146 - 1953
2022, Cilt 38, Sayı 3, Sayfa(lar) 180-189
Determination of the correlations between the morphological characteristics and metapodial radiometric measurements of Awassi sheep
Mucahit Kahraman1, Ismail Demircioglu2, Gulsah Gungoren1, Ozan Gundemir3, Ermis Ozkan3, Aydin Das1, Bestami Yilmaz2
1Harran University, Veterinary Faculty, Department of Animal Science, Şanlıurfa, Turkey
2Harran University, Veterinary Faculty, Department of Anatomy, Şanlıurfa, Turkey
3Istanbul University, Cerrahpaşa Veterinary Faculty, Department of Anatomy, İstanbul, Turkey
Keywords: Awassi sheep, growth performance, morphological characteristics, metapodium
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Aim: The study aims to determine the correlations between external structural characteristics and osteometric data of Awassi sheep.

Materials and Methods: A total of 150 heads Awassi sheep (18-20 months of age), 100 females and 50 males were used in the study. After determining the sex and measuring the body weight, wither height, ridge height, rump height, rump width and rump length, sternum height, body length, shin circumference, bicostal diameter, chest circumference and pelvis width of sheep, metapodium radiographs were taken by digital mobile X-ray device with DR system.

Results: Between the values GL, Bp, SD, Bd, Be, WCL for metacarpus and GL, Bp, SD, Bd, Be, WCM, WCL and CM for metatarsus, sexual dimorphism was statistically significant when the radiometric measurement values of the metapodiums are examined (p < 0.001). The highest correlation value for the front leg was found between the GL value from the radiometry measurements of the metacarpal bones and the back height from the external structure measurement values (r: 0.684) when the correlation between metapodial radiometry and external structure features were examined. The highest correlation value for the hind limb was found between the SD value from the radiometric measurements of the metatarsal bones and the back height from the external structure measurement values (r: 0.679).

Conclusion: Metapodiums, which they complete their development early in the body had strong relationships with the body measurements. The results obtained from the study show that metapodial radiometric features have the potential to be used in selection studies in terms of growth and meat yield.