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Environment and genetic factors affecting wool production from sub-tropical coarse wool sheep

  • A. M. Aboul-Naga (a1) and E. A. Afifi (a1)

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Wool production from different flocks of Ossimi, Rahmani and Barki Egyptian local sheep, raised at six different locations in the country was studied. Different genetic parameters for greasy fleece weight of the three breeds were estimated.

Location was of significant effect on annual greasy fleece weight of Rahmani sheep only. With the adjustment for differences in yield percentages, differences in clean wool production from one location to another were slight for the three breeds. Age of ewe was of highly significant effect on annual greasy fleece weight.

Heritability estimates of annual greasy fleece weight of the ewes were found to be generally low in the three breeds (range 0·00–0·34). The estimates differed markedly with age; those of the yearling fleece weight of Rahmani and Barki ewes were the highest, being 0–19 and 0–34, respectively.

Repeatability estimates of annual greasy fleece weight were also low, being 0·11–0·04 and 0·29 for Ossimi, Rahmani and Barki ewes, respectively.

Estimates of genetic correlation between yearling greasy fleece weight of the Ossimi and Rahmani ewes and their weaning and yearling body weights were high and positive. Those between annual greasy fleece weight of the ewes and their reproductive performance traits differed greatly in the two breeds.

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Environment and genetic factors affecting wool production from sub-tropical coarse wool sheep

  • A. M. Aboul-Naga (a1) and E. A. Afifi (a1)

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