Estimates of maturing rates and masses at maturity for body components of sheep.

@article{Jenkins1993EstimatesOM,
  title={Estimates of maturing rates and masses at maturity for body components of sheep.},
  author={T. G. Jenkins and Kreg A. Leymaster},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  year={1993},
  volume={71 11},
  pages={2952-7}
}
Weight data for fleece-free empty body, carcass and offal components, and their chemical constituents (protein, water, lipid, and ash) were collected via serial slaughter techniques. Rams sired by a sheep breed of high genetic merit for growth were slaughtered from birth through 48 mo of age. Approximately six rams were killed at each of 13 slaughter ages. The data were fit with a nonlinear function Yt = A(1-Be-kt) to provide estimates of rates of maturing (k) and weight at maturity (A) for… CONTINUE READING

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