Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 9, Issue 2,2011
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Determination of live weights and body measurements of Kangal type Akkaraman sheep in producers conditions


Alper Yıilmaz 1*, Cafer Tepeli 1, Mehmet Emin Tekin 2, Ali Akmaz 1, Mustafa Garip 1, Esad Sami Polat 3, Behiç Coşkun 3, Tamer Çağlayan 1

Recieved Date: 2011-01-10, Accepted Date: 2011-04-07


This study was carried out to determine live weights and body measurements of Kangal type Akkaraman sheep reared by producers. The data obtained from 240 ewes and 54 rams for live weight (LW) and 12 body measurements were used. The study was conducted on 35 flocks in Kangal district of Sivas. Average live weight (LW) was 66.4 kg, shoulder height (SH) 75.9 cm, rump height (RH) 75.8 cm, body length (BL) 65.7 cm, rump width (RW) 20.4 cm, chest depth (CD) 35.0 cm, chest width (CW) 22.7 cm, chest girth (CG) 98.8 cm, head length (HL) 24.1 cm, ear length (EL) 17.6 cm, ear width (EW) 10.0 cm, front cannon bone circumference (FCBC) 9.5 cm and tail-tarsal joint distance (TTJD) 10.9 cm for ewes. The average live weight (LW) of rams was 102 kg and the body measurements of rams were higher than that of ewes with the exception of the ear length (EL) and the tail-tarsal joint distance (TTJD). The LW differences among different ages were significant both in rams and ewes. However, with exception of BL and RW, there were no significant differences in body measurements of rams in terms of ages. The phenotypic correlations between LW and body measurements were positive and significant in all traits except in TTJD. The highest phenotypic correlation (0.898) was between LW and CG. As a result, when LW and body measurements of ewes and rams were evaluated in the study, it can be said that Kangal type Akkaraman sheep was the large sheep breed compared with native sheep breeds in Turkey.


Kangal Akkaraman, fatty tail, native sheep type, live weight, body measurements

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2011
Volume: 9
Issue: 2
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 366-370

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