The relationship between standards of excellence for breed characteristics in Afrikaner cows and the pre-weaning performance of

Author: H. Heyns & H.F.P. Rautenbach
Year: 1985
Issue: 1
Volume: 15
Page: 8 - 10

The effect of the standard of excellence for breed characteristics in Afrikaner cows on the pre-weaning performance of their calves was investigated. According to an analysis of variance, the standard of excellence for the head and horns had a statistically highly significant (P<0,01) effect on the weaning mass of the calf and increase in mass from birth to weaning, while that of the hind quarters was highly significant (P<0,01) on weaning mass and significant (P<0,05) on increase in mass. According to a regression equation, the average weaning mass decreased by 2,32 kg for each point increase in standard of excellence for the head and horns and by 1,57 kg for the hind quarters.

 

 

 

 

Keywords: Breed characteristics, pre-weaning performance
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