ARCHIV FUR TIERZUCHT-ARCHIVES OF ANIMAL BREEDING, vol.48, no.2, pp.185-193, 2005 (SCI-Expanded)
Growth curves and weaning stress differences were investigated in Turkish Saanen kids grouped for their weight and Body Mass Index (BMI = weight/height(2)). Data included 884 records collected from 61 Turkish Saanen kids raised in Canakkale, Turkey. Slopes were calculated for each kid and were analyzed as data using ordinary least squares, and repeated weights for each kid were analyzed using various covariance structures. Differences between male and female kids were small and non-significant before weaning (P = 0.55), while larger (P=0.06) after weaning. Heavy animals grew faster than light animals before weaning (P < 0.01) but lost their advantage after weaning (P > 0.05). Fat animals (high BMI) grew faster than lean animals (low BMI) before weaning (P < 0.01) while the differences slightly diminished after weaning (P=0.04). This may be because light and lean kids were not affected from the weaning shock as much as the heavy and fat kids, which had stuttered growth after weaning. Fit statistics indicated that first-order ante dependence was the best fit covariance structure for these data. Analyses specifying random model and covariance structures did not have an advantage over an approach where slopes were manually calculated and analyzed as data using ordinary least squares.