Morphometric characteristics of local cattle breed “Busha e Dukagjinit” managed in Kosovo

PËLLUMB ZALLA1*; ENKELEDA OZUNI1, VASILIKA DINI1, EGON ANDONI1, KUSHTRIM MUÇAJ2

1Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania

2Private practical veterinarian

*Corresponding author  e-mail: pellumbzalla@gmail.com        

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Abstract:

This study was carried out in Busha cattle managed in western part (Prizren region) of Kosovo. A total of 60 Busha cattle aged between 6 months to 6 years old, randomly selected from herds in study area. The body measurements selected parameters were: wither height; rump height; rump width; body length; fore leg length; face length; neck length; neck circumference; chest circumference. The linear measurements (cm) were taken using a tailor’s measuring tape and excel ANOVA single factor was used to analyze the data. There is an obviously positive tendency regarding to all morph metric traits values and age (wither height 80.40±2.85 – 117±4.56; body length 90.21±4.88 – 122.83±2.48; neck length 24.83±2.94 – 44.16±1.16; neck circumference 57.00±2.52 – 85.83; chest circumference 103.60±1.94 – 141.53±2.34; rump width 23.00±1.41 – 34.83±1.16; face length 28.00±0.70 – 43.50±2.16; fore leg length 34.61±1.81 – 53.16±2.63; rump height 88.00±3.24 – 121.00±4.16). Statistical analyses indicate that there are significant differences (a  ≤  0.05) in morphological study parameters between age groups. There is a positive correlation (r 0.23 – 0.99) between certain age groups and all study parameters.

Keywords: Busha cattle, age, body measurement, statistical analyses.

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