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Associations between prion protein genotype and type traits in East Friesian milk sheep
  1. F. de Vries, DrMedVet1,
  2. H. Hamann, DrScAgr1,
  3. C. Drögemüller, DrMedVet1 and
  4. O. Distl, ProfDrMedVet1
  1. 1Institute for Animal Breeding and Genetics, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Bünteweg 17p, 30559 Hannover, Germany

Abstract

Linear models were used to analyse the relationships between the prion protein genotypes and the height at the withers and rump, the heart girth and the length of the trunk of 440 East Friesian milk sheep. Significant associations were found between the ARR allele and the height of the withers and rump, and heart girth. The average height at the withers of the homozygous ARR/ARR sheep was 1·9 cm less than that of ARQ/ARQ sheep and 1·6 cm less than in sheep heterozygous for ARR; the height at the rump, length of the trunk and heart girth were similarly smaller. In the ARR/ARR ewes, the average height at the withers was 2·6 cm less and the height at the rump was 1·9 cm less than in the ARQ/ARQ ewes.

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