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Indicators of body and testicular development in Buffalypso males at 24 months of age in Cuba  [2009]

Arias, Y., Instituto de Investigaciones de Pastos y Forrajes. Cuba Ramos, F., Dirección Nacional de Genética Vacuna. Ministerio de la Agricultura. Cuba Brito, S., Ministerio de la Agricultura. Cuba Varelo, C., Ministerio de la Agricultura. Cuba et al.

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Body and testicular development of Buffalypso males at 24 months of age in Cuba was studied using 130 animals from three (Western, Central and Eastern) regions of the country. The indicators were: body weight (BW), thoracic perimeter (TP), withers height (WH), body length (BL), croup height (CH), croup length (CL), pelvis width (PW), inter-ischiatic distance (ID) and scrotal circumference (SC).Measurements were carried out at the performance test through metric tape, bovine meter and compass and to which a descriptive statistic was applied to each variable. Feeding was based on natural pastures, forages and ad libitum water. Animals had natural shade and similar sanitary management. Means for each indicator were BW: 401.08 ± 5.64 kg, TP: 176.68 ± 0.92 cm, WH: 124.32 ± 0.4 cm, BL: 131.43 ± 0.53 cm, CH: 126.65 ± 0.37 cm, CL: 41.22 ± 0.3 cm, PW: 45.08 ± 0.5cm, ID: 18.31 ± 0.3 cm, SC: 23.59 ± 0.25 cm. Data on the indicators studied report the body and testicular development of the male buffalo which contribute to determine in future studies the biotype of the Cuban buffalo. The poor variability found in the growth and testicular development indicators suggests the high adaptability of this breed regarding those found in the literature reviewed.

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Ciencia y Tecnología Ganadera

ISSN : 1998-3050