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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014, Article ID 379023, 6 pages
Research Article

Some Gastrointestinal Tract Characteristics of Karayaka Ram Lambs Slaughtered at Different Weights

1Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Gaziosmanpaşa, 60240 Tokat, Turkey
2Department of Food Processing, Bor Vocational School, University of Niğde, 51700 Niğde, Turkey
3Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ondokuz Mayıs, 55139 Samsun, Turkey
4Department of Animal Production and Technologies, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Technologies, University of Niğde, 51240 Niğde, Turkey

Received 13 March 2014; Accepted 6 July 2014; Published 15 July 2014

Academic Editor: Jesus L. Romalde

Copyright © 2014 Arda Yıldırım et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Thirty-one Karayaka ram lambs were slaughtered at different body weights (30 , 35 , 40 , 45 , and 50  kg of body weight at fast) to evaluate the growth of their gastrointestinal tract (GIT) characteristics, to determine the relationship among slaughter body weight (SBW) and empty body weight (EBW), whole GIT and segments, and the influence of slaughter weight on the pH of rumen, jejunum, and cecal contents. The effects of the SBW on GIT weight , stomach , and intestine , the body length and caecum , and the relative weights of GIT , stomach , and intestine were linear whereas that for the length of intestine were quadratic. The effect of SBW were quadratic on ratios of stomach to GIT weight and intestine length to intestine weight and rumen pH while, for the intestine to GIT weight ratio and caecum pH , this effect was linear. The results indicated that for all parameters studied, with the exception of intestinal length and cecal pH, linear relationships were observed with SBW indicating steady growth rates for these tissues.