GENETIC ANALYSIS OF GROWTH PERFORMANCE OF SAHIWAL COWS

DOI: 10.5958/j.0976-0555.48.3.045    | Article Id: B-2418 | Page : 214-216
Citation :- GENETIC ANALYSIS OF GROWTH PERFORMANCE OF SAHIWAL COWS.Indian Journal Of Animal Research.2014.(48):214-216
R.S. Gandhi and Amit Kumar* vetamittchandan07@gmail.com
Address : National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal-132 001, India

Abstract

In the present investigation, genetic analysis for early growth traits of Sahiwal cows were performed using mixed linear model. The overall least squares means for body weights at birth (BW), 6 (W6), 12 (W12), 18 (W18), 24 (W24), 42(W30) months and weight at first service (WFS) were 20.59±0.27, 82.29±2.64, 136.98±3.26, 204.83±2.77, 252.27±3.24, 314.16±5.01 and 355.75±5.87 Kg, respectively. Effect of season of birth was non-significant on BW, W6 and W24 whereas season of birth significantly affected W12, W18 and WFS. The effect of period of calving of dams was significant on all growth traits under investigation except birth weight. Age at first calving of dams affected significantly all the growth traits of cows except birth weight. The estimates of heritability for BW, W6, W12, W18, W24, W30 and WFS were 0.117±0.18, 0.746±0.24, 0.587±0.23, 0.203±0.19, 0.230±0.20, 0.518±0.22 and 0.549±0.23, respectively.

Keywords

Birth weight Heritability Sahiwal cattle.

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