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Table 2 Least square mean and standard error (LSM ± SE) of body weight (kg) and linear body measurement (cm) of sheep population

From: Phenotypic characterization of sheep breeds in Gamogofa zone

Effect WH HW HL BL PW CH SW BW
Agroecology ** ns ** ** ** ** ns **
‘Dega’ ewe 54.9 ± 0.17 8.81 ± 0.06 15.6 ± 0.08 61.4 ± 0.21 12.9 ± 0.10 70.0 ± 0.24 15.4 ± 0.10 22.9 ± 0.22
WD ewe 57 ± 0.23 8.89 ± 0.08 16.4 ± 0.06 63.5 ± 0.25 14.6 ± 0.08 71.9 ± 0.34 15.1 ± 0.14 25.1 ± 0.28
  ** ns ns ** ** ** ns **
‘Dega’ ram 57.5 ± 0.49 9.80 ± 0.13 17.2 ± 0.14 64.4 ± 0.51 12.6 ± 0.21 74.9 ± 0.73 17.07 ± 0.30 26.7 ± 0.63
WD ram 59.8 ± 0.40 10.1 ± 0.12 16.9 ± 0.13 66.6 ± 0.45 14.5 ± 0.13 76.8 ± 0.60 16.82 ± 0.22 29.4 ± 0.43
Sex ** ** ** ** ns ** ** **
Ram 58.6 ± 0.32 9.92 ± 0.09a 17.1 ± 0.10 65.5 ± 0.35 13.6 ± 0.1 75.9 ± 0.47 16.95 ± 0.18 28.1 ± 0.37
Ewe 56.0 ± 0.15 8.80 ± 0.05b 16.0 ± 0.05 62.3 ± 0.17 13.8 ± 0.1 71.0 ± 0.21 15.24 ± 0.09 24.0 ± 0.18
Age ** * ** ** ** ** ** **
1PPI 54.9 ± 0.23a 8.77 ± 0.07a 15.64 ± 0.09a 60.96 ± 0.35a 12.4 ± 0.08a 69.4 ± 0.38a 14.8 ± 0.12a 23.5 ± 0.27a
2PPI 57.5 ± 0.24b 8.98 ± 0.08b 16.32 ± 0.08b 63 ± 0.29b 13.4 ± 0.10b 74.0 ± 0.41b 15.5 ± 0.16b 25.9 ± 0.31b
≥ 3PPI 59.2 ± 0.22c 9.48 ± 0.08b 16.70 ± 0.07b 65.87 ± 0.24c 15.0 ± 0.07c 76.6 ± 0.33c 18.0 ± 0.13c 28.9 ± 0.27c
Sex by age ** ns ns * ns ** ** **
Ewe*1PPI 53.7 ± 0.21a 8.32 ± 0.07 15.1 ± 0.09 59.9 ± 0.27a 12.1 ± 0.09 67.2 ± 0.41a 14.2 ± 0.13a 20.9 ± 0.25a
Ewe*2PPI 55.7 ± 0.23b 8.72 ± 0.09 16.1 ± 0.09 62.9 ± 0.29bc 13.2 ± 0.11 70.2 ± 0.38b 14.9 ± 0.15b 23.6 ± 0.28b
Ewe* ≥ 3PPI 57.4 ± 0.22c 9.22 ± 0.07 17.5 ± 0.07 64.0 ± 0.23c 14.9 ± 0.08 73.4 ± 0.32c 16.0 ± 0.13c 26.0 ± 0.26c
Ram*1PPI 56.9 ± 0.43bc 9.53 ± 0.10 16.5 ± 0.14 62.8 ± 0.79b 12.8 ± 0.16 72.6 ± 0.62c 14.7 ± 0.21b 25.5 ± 0.44c
Ram*2PPI 59.2 ± 0.54d 9.99 ± 0.16 17.1 ± 0.18 65.5 ± 0.51 cd 13.6 ± 0.24 76.9 ± 0.69d 17.5 ± 0.31c 28.6 ± 0.59d
Ram* ≥ 3PPI 60.4 ± 0.38d 10.9 ± 0.16 17.8 ± 0.15 68.4 ± 0.54e 15.4 ± 0.21 80.0 ± 0.58e 18.8 ± 0.29e 31.6 ± 0.55e
  1. WD ‘Wenya-dega’, WH wither height, HW head width, HL head length, BL body length, PW pelvic width, CG chest girth, SW shoulder width, BW body weight, 1PPI  one pair of permanent teeth, 2PPI two pair of permanent teeth, ≥ 3PPI ≥ three pair of permanent teeth, ns nonsignificant
  2. a, b, c, d means with different superscripts across column are significantly different
  3. **Significant at (P < 0.01), *significant at (P < 0.05)