Determination of the Best Nonlinear Model for Describing Complete Lactation of Akkaraman and German Blackheaded Mutton x Akkaraman Crossbreed (F1) Sheep

M. KUCUK1 and E. EYDURAN2
1 University of Yuzuncu Yil, Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Van, Turkey
2 Igdir University, Biometry Genetics Unit, Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, 76000, Igdir, Turkey

Abstract

KUCUK, M. and E. EYDURAN, 2010. Determination of the Best Nonlinear Model for Describing Complete Lactation of Akkaraman and German Blackheaded Mutton x Akkaraman Crossbreed (F1) Sheep. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 16: 247-251

The fat-tailed Akkaraman breed, traditionally raised in Turkey, is a breed with the best adaptation to poor feeding and harsh conditions. German Blackheaded Mutton breed originated from British downs breeds, one of breeds raised in Germany, has long mating season (about approximately two lambs a year) and a perfect adaptation to rainy country. The objective of present paper was to determine the most appropriate nonlinear model for describing complete lactation of Akkaraman and German Blackheaded Mutton x Akkaraman B1 Crossbreed Sheep. The data were consisted of milk production records collected from 25 Akkaraman (Genotype I) and 23 German Blackheaded Mutton x Akkaraman B1 Crossbreed Sheep (Genotype II) with 2 year of age. Daily milk yields of all ewes were recorded fortnightly from 15th days to 150th days of lactation. Quadratic, Cubic model, and Wood models were fitted to daily milk yield – time data in order to explain daily milk yield-time relationship of these ewes. These models were fitted to averages of daily milk yield of all ewes at each period for two genotypes.
It was concluded that the best nonlinear model for describing complete lactation of Akkaraman breed and German Blackheaded Mutton x Akkaraman B1 Crossbreed Sheep was found to be Cubic model.

Key words: Akkaraman, German Blackheaded Mutton, complete lactation, milk yield

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