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Growth characteristics of the llama (Lama glama) from birth to 12 months old
  1. JB Leon,
  2. BB Smith and
  3. KI Timm
  1. Department of Animal Science, Oregon State University, Corvallis 97331.

Abstract

This study has characterised the growth patterns of the llama (Lama glama) from birth to 12 months old. Bodyweight growth was described as a function of age. As a means of predicting bodyweight, equations were developed which correlated bodyweight with specific body measurements. Regression analysis revealed a strong positive correlation of logtransformed measurements of thoracic circumference and height with bodyweight. Thoracic circumference (measured in cm) was a good predictor of bodyweight from the equation: bodyweight (kg) = (8.7 x 10(-4)) x circumference2.46 (r2 = 0.91).

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