Investigation on the Skin Structure of Hampshire Down x Akkaraman, Awassi and Konya Merino Crossbred (F1 and B1) Sheep


Abstract: The aim of this study was to investigate the possible changes in the skin structure of F1 and B1 cross-breeds, which were obtained by crossing Hampshire Downs with Akkaramans, Awassis and Konya Merinos respectively. The skin of five animals from each genotype group was used in this study. Over a period of five years and in each season, biopsy samples of various body regions (neck, flank and hip) were obtained. The results of this investigation can be summarized as follows. When compared with their pure lines, the raw skin characteristics of F1 and B1 cross-breeds of Hampshire Down x Akkaraman and Hampshire Down x Awassi were found to be superior, with the former being the best.

Keywords: Hair follicles, Sheep, Skin, Skin glands.

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