Determinación de la curva de crecimiento en ovinos criollos de pelo, mediante la utilización del modelo Gompertz, en el trópico bajo colombiano
Vergara Garay, Oscar | 2017-07
The Colombian Creole sheep has an important role in the development of sheep farming in the country, as this breed is distributed in most of the territory, being animals with significant features that make it widely used in farms with different productive purposes. To assess growth characteristics in animals have been used mathematical models, which describe the relationship between the age of the animal, its rate of growth and maturity. These models are equations that allow the construction of continuous curves of one biological variable according to another. This study aimed to determine the growth curve of two populations of crossbred sheep through the use of nonlinear Gompertz model. 55 animals with 13 measures of weight each were used, pertaining to two production systems of the department of Córdoba, Colombia. Estimaste for β0, β1 y β2 were 25.97 ± 9.3, 2.1 ± 0.5 and 0.010 ± 0.004, respectively. Estimates of maturity at 4 and 6 months were 55.8 and 70.6%, respectively; age 75% of maturity was of 7.0 months and at 95% of maturity was of 13.1 months. Gompertz model allowed describing the growth of creole sheep in conditions of grazing in the low tropics.