Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2012, 60, 167-172
Published online 2013-07-20

Factors influencing the selected body parameters and hippometric indexes in donkey’s population

Martina Kosťuková, Iva Jiskrová, Eva Sobotková, Tereza Petlachová, Markéta Píšová, Barbora Králová, Iveta Bihuncová, Hana Černohorská

Ústav chovu a šlechtění zvířat, Mendelova univerzita v Brně, Zemědělská 1, 613 00 Brno, Česká republika

The main focus of our work was to collect basic body measurements of donkey population in Czech republic and determine the factors that influence these body measurements and hipometric indexes. The following measurements were recorded: height at withers, chest circumference and metacarpus interference. Based on the collected data, we were able to calculate the hipometric indexes: index of boniness, skeleton strength index, body mass index and coup height index. From a total of 331 individuals of donkey species living in Czech republic we managed to collect 50 samples. These were subjected to a general linear model (GLM) and multiplex comparison statistical analysis. We managed to prove a statistically significant difference between donkeys born in Czech republic and the ones born abroad for all the measurements. Specifically the metacarpus circumference the gender dependency was also proved, having its impact on the hipometric indexes as well; the boniness index and skeleton strength index were also proved to be gender – dependent.


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