Livestock Studies 2015, Vol 55, Num, 2     (Pages: 050-055)

Some morphometric traits of Anatolian Buffaloes

İsmail KELGÖKMEN 1 ,Necmettin ÜNAL 2

1 Gıda Tarım ve Hayvancılık Bakanlığı İskilip İlçe Müdürlüğü, Çorum
2 Ankara Üniversitesi Veteriner Fakültesi Zootekni Anabilim Dalı, Ankara
Viewed : 759 - Downloaded : 1056 Some morfometric traits of Anatolian Buffaloes reared at village conditions were evaluated. Data were collected from 73 buffaloes aged from 1 to 8+ years old, kept at 3 private farm in Çorum province, in the middle Black Sea Region of Turkey in 2013 year. Data were analysed with the least squares procedures. The least squares means were 123.8±0.80 cm for wither height, 119.0±0.85 cm for rump height, 104.9±0.76 cm tail base height, 114.9±1.25 cm for body length, 181.5±1.58 cm for chest girth, 63.7±0.72 cm for chest depth and 23.6±0.29 cm for rumph length. The effects of farm on rump height (p<0.001) and tail base height (p<0.001) and chest girth (p<0.01) and chest depth (p<0.01) were significant, while the effects of age on all investigated traits were important (p<0.001). On the other hand, gender had no significant effect on the all traits. The positive and high (0.582 - 0.927) (p<0.001) correlation coefficients were calculated among morfometric traits. In conclusion, the means for morfometric traits in Anatolian buffaloes reared at village conditions in this study was generally lower than those of a limited number research published before. Keywords : Buffalo, Morphology, Body measurements, Phenotypic correlation