Articles | Volume 48, issue 3
10 Oct 2005
 | 10 Oct 2005

The relationship among pre and post slaughter traits of American Bronze Turkey

M. Mendes, A. Karabayir, I. E. Ersoy, and T. Savas

Abstract. This study aimed to investigate the relations among the pre- and post-slaughter traits of American bronze turkeys. Birds were raised under three different lighting regimes. Pre-slaughter traits were measured when the birds were 15-, 20-, and 30-weeks of age. Canonical correlation analysis showed that as the birds aged the relations among the pre- and post-slaughter characters became more pronounced. Coefficients of determination (R2) were 63.6-82.8% when pre-slaughter characteristics were measured at the 15th week, 84.8–94.6% at the 20th week, and 91.3–99.1% at the 30th week, respectively.