Prediction of total body tissue weights in Scottish Blackface ewes using computed tomography scanning

N. R. Lambe*, J. Conington, G. Simm

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Abstract

Thirty cull Scottish Blackface ewes were scanned three times over a period of 1 week using X-ray computed tomography (CT). Cross-sectional CT reference scans were taken at seven anatomical sites per ewe: ischium (ISC), femur (FEM), hip (HIP), 5th lumbar vertebra (LV5), 2nd lumbar vertebra (LV2), 8th thoracic vertebra (TV8) and 6th thoracic vertebra (TV6). Ewes were then slaughtered and dissection measurements collected. Results of multiple regression analyses suggested that five reference scans allow accurate prediction of total weights of bone, muscle and fat (carcass and internal). The most informative cross-sectional scans were ISC, HIP, LV5, LV2 and TV8, from which prediction equations were derived. Fat and muscle weights were predicted accurately (R2 = 80 to 99%) but bone weight was predicted less accurately (R2 = 56%). Repeatabilities were high for the CT measurements used to predict fat and muscle (0.82 to 0.99) but lower for those used to predict bone (0.19 to 0.86).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-197
Number of pages7
JournalAnimal science
Volume76
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2003

Keywords

  • Body composition
  • Computed tomography
  • Ewes

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