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The National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA) is an autonomous Public Research Organisation (OPI) of the State Secretariat of Research, Development and Innovation of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. It's the only public research organisation of the National State Administration exclusively dedicated to agrifood and forestry research. INIA's mission, in coordination with the equivalent institutions of the Autonomous Regions is to contribute to continuous and sustainable progress through development [...]

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Journal article

Morphological variability of Ripollesa sheep populations  [2009]

Esquivalzeta, D., Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra (España). Facultat de Veterinària; Fina, M., Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra (España). Facultat de Veterinària; Bach, R.; Madruga, C., Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra (España). Facultat de Veterinària; et al.

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Among the autochthonous breeds in Spain, the Ripollesa sheep breed is the most common in Catalonia. It is rustic, with a convex profile, white wood of entrefine type and a characteristic pigmentation. Following the recommendations of the FAO, the morphologic characterization of the Ripollesa ewe has been carried out, as well as the analysis of its variability. A quantitative study from twelve zoometric measures and weight was carried out in a total of 224 females. The format of the Ripollesa breed is very similar to that of the Xisqueta and Canaria breeds, and has greater format than the Gallega and WAD sheep. Factor 1 (47,58%) describes volume, whereas factor 2 (12,31%) represents height and ear length. A cluster analysis allows us to differentiate four groups. The observed differences can be attributed to the selective history and origin of populations and to geographic location and management of the farm.

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Congresos y Jornadas. Serie Producción Animal - Asociación Interprofesional para el Desarrollo Agrario (España)