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Table 3 Least square mean and standard error (LSM ± SE) of linear body measurement (cm) sheep breed

From: Phenotypic characterization of sheep breeds in Gamogofa zone

Effect EL CBL CBW TL TC HOL SC
Agroecology * * * ns ns ns na
‘Dega’ ewe 8.62 ± 0.15 12.5 ± 0.07 6.44 ± 0.03 21.4 ± 0.37 9.69 ± 0.19 6.34 ± 0.15  
WD ewe 9.72 ± 0.16 12.8 ± 0.08 6.57 ± 0.05 20.7 ± 0.37 9.42 ± 0.21 7.09 ± 0.16  
  ns ns ** ** ** ns *
‘Dega’ ram 8.46 ± 0.19 13.27 ± 0.19 7.19 ± 0.09 26.41 ± 0.37 15.07 ± 0.62 20.5 ± 0.86 25.4 ± 0.73
WD ram 8.82 ± 0.14 13.64 ± 0.14 7.72 ± 0.08 28.46 ± 0.41 19.16 ± 0.49 20.3 ± 1.42 28.1 ± 0.59
Sex ns ** ** ** ** ** na
Ewe 9.03 + 0.09 12.67 + 0.05 6.50 + 0.03 21.04 ± 0.26 9.56 ± 0.14 6.72 ± 0.11  
Ram 8.68 ± 0.11 13.49 ± 0.11 7.45 ± 0.06 27.44 ± 0.30 17.11 ± 0.42 20.4 ± 0.76  
Age ns ** ** ns * ns **
1PPI 8.74 ± 0.12 12.2 ± 0.07a 6.58 ± 0.05a 23.2 ± 0.41 12 ± 0.31a 12.8 ± 0.64 22.8 ± 0.42a
2PPI 8.82 ± 0.14 13.8 ± 0.09b 6.70 ± 0.06b 24.6 ± 0.44 13.7 ± 0.38b 13.6 ± 0.38 26.2 ± 0.57b
≥ 3PPI 9.18 ± 0.12 14.4 ± 0.08c 6.91 ± 0.05c 26.3 ± 0.37 14.1 ± 0.31b 14.0 ± 0.43 31.3 ± 0.63c
Sex by age ns ** ** ns **   
Ewe*1PPI 8.90 ± 0.16 11.9 ± 0.09a 6.26 ± 0.04a 21 ± 0.53 8.4 ± 0.27a   
Ewe*2PPI 8.85 ± 0.17 12.6 ± 0.08b 6.43 ± 0.05a 21.3 ± 0.48 9.3 ± 0.26a   
Ewe* ≥ 3PPI 9.22 ± 0.13 13.1 ± 0.08bc 6.68. ± 0.05b 22.0 ± 0.38 10.5 ± 0.21b   
Ram*1PPI 8.49 ± 0.15 12.7 ± 0.12b 7.12 ± 0.07c 26.9 ± 0.40 15.3 ± 0.53c   
Ram*2PPI 8.72 ± 0.24 13.7 ± 0.21c 7.60 ± 0.12c 27.3 ± 0.66 17.6 ± 0.84d   
Ram* ≥ 3PPI 9.01 ± 0.25 14.9 ± 0.18d 8.16 ± 0.11d 29.4 ± 0.51 20.1 ± 0.85e   
  1. WD ‘Wenya-dega’, EL ear length, CBL cannon bone length, CBW cannon bone width, TL tail length, TC tail circumference, HOL horn length, SC scrotum circumference, 1PPI one pair of permanent teeth, 2PPI two pair of permanent teeth, ≥ 3PPI ≥  three pair of permanent teeth, na not applicable, 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)