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Ecosistemas y recursos agropecuarios

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DOMINGUEZ-VIVEROS, Joel et al. Growth parameters and their effects on age at first mating of Siboney cows. Ecosistemas y recur. agropecuarios [online]. 2019, vol.6, n.17, pp.383-389. ISSN 2007-901X.

The objectives were to characterize the growth of Siboney cows with nonlinear models (MNL) and the effects of growth parameters on age at first mating (AFM). It was analyzed 10 064 live weight data from 2 021 heifers. The MNL evaluated were Logistic, Gompertz, Brody and Bertalanffy. The selection of best model was with the coefficient of determination, Akaike and Bayesian criteria. With a linear regression of quadratic order, the AFM was analyzed with respect to the weight at 24 months (W24M), growth rate (GRA), weight at the point of inflection (WPI) and maturity at 24 months (M24M). The MNL of best fit was Bertalanffy; with asymptotic weight of 514.3 kg, inflection point was at 5.93 months with 152.4 kg. From the regression analysis: AFM = (0.026102)(W24M) - (0.0000636)(W24M2), AFM = (23.86)(GRA) - (59.17)(GRA2), AFM = (0.0796)(M24M) - (0.000675)(M24M2), AFM = (0.0299)(WPI) - (0.00009506)(WPI2), all different from zero (p < 0.01).

Keywords : Bovine milk; growth rate; non-linear models; puberty; synthetic breeds; tropical cattle ranching.

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