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Describing the growth curve of local turkey using non-linear models

Journal: REVISTA MVZ CÓRDOBA (Vol.24, No. 1)

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Page : 7104-7107

Keywords : Body weight; Gompertz; Logistic; von Bertalanffy;

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Objective. Determine the best non-linear model to fit the growth curve of local turkeys managed under confinement in Michoacan, Mexico. Material and methods. Twenty-four and 43 female and male turkeys, reared under commercial conditions were given commercial feed. Birds were weighed weekly from hatch to 29 weeks of age. The Gompertz, Brody, Richards, von Bertalanffy and Logistic models were chosen to describe the age-weight relationship. Results. The best fitting model was selected based on the multiple determination coefficient (R2), the Akaike information criterion (AIC) and visual analysis of the observed and predicted curves. In both female and male, von Bertalanffy was the best model. The highest estimates of parameter A (mature weight) for both females and males were obtained with the von Bertalanffy model followed by the Gompertz and Logistic. The estimates of A were higher for males than for females. The highest estimates of parameter k (rate of maturity) for both females and males were, in decreasing order, for the Logistic, Gompertz, and von Bertalanffy models. k values for female turkeys was higher than for males. The age at the point of inflection (TI) and body weight at the age of point of inflection (WI) varied with the model used. The largest values of TI and WI corresponded to the Logistic model. Between sexes, the largest TI and WI values corresponded to males. Conclusions. The best models to describe turkey growth was the von Bertalanffy because it present the highest R2 and lowest AIC values.

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