Comparative prediction analysis of body weight from biometric traits in F1 New Zealand white purebred and its California cross bred rabbits

Authors

  • O. M. Akinsola Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • B. I. Nwagu National Animal Production Reseach Institute, Shika, Kaduna State, Nigeria
  • M. Orunmuyi Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • G.T. Iyeghe-Erakpotobor National Animal Production Reseach Institute, Shika, Kaduna State, Nigeria
  • O.T. F. Abanikannda Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Lagos State University, Ojo Lagos, Nigeria
  • E. D. Eze Department of Human Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria
  • O. Onaadepo Department of Physiology, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Health Sciences University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria
  • E. U. Okuda Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • U. Louis Department of Biology, School of Sciences, Federal College of Education, Katsina, Katsina State, Nigeria

Keywords:

Biometric traits;Regression;Correlation;Body weight;New Zealand

Abstract

One hundred and fortyfour (144) F1 New Zealand White purebred and New Zealand White x Californiacrossbred rabbits at eight weeks old were used to estimate bodyweight from bodymeasurements using regression analyses. Ten biometric measurements were made oneach individual animal. New Zealand White x California crossbred were superior(P<0.05) to the New Zealand White purebred for bodyweight but biometricmeasurements were not statistically significant (P>0.05) between the twobreed types. Phenotypic correlations were found to be positive and significance(P<0.01) for both genotypes. The regression analysis was more sensitive inNew Zealand White x California crossbred (R2=0.85-0.91) compared to New ZealandWhite purebred (R2=0.84-0.89). In conclusion, body weight could be predicted frombiometric measurements for both genotypes accurately using tape measures.

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Published

2014-01-29

How to Cite

M. Akinsola, O., I. Nwagu, B., Orunmuyi, M. ., Iyeghe-Erakpotobor, G. ., F. Abanikannda, O., D. Eze, E., Onaadepo, O. ., U. Okuda, E., & Louis, U. . (2014). Comparative prediction analysis of body weight from biometric traits in F1 New Zealand white purebred and its California cross bred rabbits. Scientific Journal of Veterinary Advances, 3(1), 14-19. Retrieved from https://www.sjournals.com/index.php/sjva/article/view/1448

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