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Table 4 Effects of age on the morphological traits of Nigerian sheep breeds

From: Morphological and microsatellite DNA diversity of Nigerian indigenous sheep

  < 1 year 1 -2 years 2 – 3 years 3 – 4 years 5 – 6 years
  Balami Uda WAD Yankasa Balami Uda WAD Yankasa Balami Uda WAD Yankasa Balami Uda WAD Yankasa Balami Uda WAD Yankasa
BW 33.66 ± 2.27 42.33 ± 4.64 13.50 ± 8.04 29.14 ± 4.29 30.86 ± 2.27 33.92 ± 2.68 15.54 ± 3.42 27.46 ± 2.14 37.53 ± 1.52 36.27 ± 1.87 25.92 ± 3.03 32.62 ± 1.59 44.89 ± 1.75 40.51 ± 2.04 22.16 ± 6.56 31.79 ± 2.01 48.11 ± 3.79 58.75 ± 8.04 - 28.80 ± 5.08
BL 77.68 ± 4.94 88.45 ± 10.09 74.00 ± 17.47 76.10 ± 9.34 67.12 ± 4.94 89.25 ± 5.82 70.45 ± 7.45 83.06 ± 4.67 77.11 ± 3.30 99.23 ± 4.06 81.07 ± 6.60 92.58 ± 3.46 103.44 ± 4.43 103.23 ± 4.43 82.66 ± 14.27 96.13 ± 4.36 121.00 ± 8.23 123 ± 17.47 - 102.68 ± 11.05
TL 43.47 ± 1.41 38.45 ± 2.89 19.75 ± 5.00 28.71 ± 2.67 42.48 ± 1.41 41.85 ± 1.66 18.09 ± 2.13 35.93 ± 1.33 42.05 ± 0.94 43.85 ± 1.16 20.67 ± 1.89 35.50 ± 0.99 47.07 ± 1.09 45.72 ± 1.27 18.16 ± 4.08 34.47 ± 1.25 51.11 ± 2.36 63.00 ± 5.00 - 35.50 ± 3.16
WH 68.08 ± 1.80 66.13 ± 3.68 46.00 ± 6.38 58.14 ± 3.41 67.05 ± 1.80 70.62 ± 2.12 47.50 ± 2.72 66.21 ± 1.70 72.25 ± 1.20 73.69 ± 1.48 50.89 ± 2.41 67.39 ± 1.26 75.32 ± 1.39 75.16 ± 1.62 50.50 ± 5.20 68.33 ± 1.59 880.33 ± 3.00 82.00 ± 6.38 - 71.64 ± 4.03
RW 70.45 ± 1.43 71.25 ± 2.92 50.00 ± 5.05 61.28 ± 2.70 70.02 ± 1.43 72.31 ± 1.68 49.04 ± 2.15 65.11 ± 1.35 74.50 ± 0.95 73.84 ± 1.17 54.50 ± 1.91 67.75 ± 1.00 76.62 ± 1.10 75.41 ± 1.28 53.66 ± 4.13 68.24 ± 1.26 76.88 ± 2.38 84.50 ± 5.05 - 68.54 ± 3.19
CG 74.16 ± 1.86 77.63 ± 3.79 56.80 ± 6.58 67.21 ± 3.51 71.53 ± 1.86 75.45 ± 2.19 58.22 ± 2.80 72.34 ± 1.75 79.19 ± 1.24 79.51 ± 1.53 63.07 ± 2.48 73.07 ± 1.30 83.10 ± 1.67 83.10 ± 1.67 68.83 ± 5.37 76.12 ± 1.64 101.00 ± 6.58 101.00 ± 6.58 - 77.72 ± 4.16
CD 31.69 ± 2.51 35.06 ± 5.12 22.25 ± 8.88 34.77 ± 4.74 22.84 ± 2.51 30.25 ± 2.96 22.36 ± 3.78 28.29 ± 2.37 28.29 ± 1.67 33.36 ± 2.06 25.64 ± 3.35 31.44 ± 1.75 30.92 ± 1.93 32.85 ± 2.25 23.83 ± 7.25 30.96 ± 2.22 36.66 ± 4.18 41.50 ± 8.81 - 32.54 ± 5.61
RH 14.04 ± 0.45 12.42 ± 0.92 9.50 ± 1.59 11.31 ± 0.85 13.15 ± 0.45 13.53 ± 0.53 11.00 ± 0.68 12.66 ± 0.42 14.62 ± 0.30 14.70 ± 0.37 11.78 ± 0.60 13.92 ± 0.31 16.36 ± 0.34 15.90 ± 0.40 13.00 ± 1.30 14.16 ± 0.39 15.33 ± 0.75 19.50 ± 1.59 - 13.64 ± 1.01
FCL 13.01 ± 0.76 14.76 ± 1.56 13.25 ± 2.71 15.18 ± 1.45 11.16 ± 0.76 14.49 ± 0.90 12.86 ± 1.15 14.60 ± 0.72 13.30 ± 0.51 16.38 ± 0.63 13.85 ± 1.02 15.35 ± 0.53 14.56 ± 0.59 15.99 ± 0.69 13.83 ± 2.21 14.67 ± 0.67 14.66 ± 1.28 14.50 ± 2.71 - 16.88 ± 1.71
EL 13.28 ± 0.79 15.61 ± 1.61 12.50 ± 2.80 12.14 ± 1.49 15.04 ± 0.79 14.55 ± 0.93 12.31 ± 1.19 13.53 ± 0.74 15.22 ± 0.52 16.33 ± 0.65 13.85 ± 1.05 14.01 ± 0.55 14.38 ± 0.61 16.23 ± 0.71 12.16 ± 2.28 12.61 ± 0.70 14.38 ± 1.32 16.50 ± 2.80 - 14.04 ± 1.77