To determine the relationship between biochemical parameters and production traits in sheep, 111 sheep raised in Bandırma Sheep Research Institute were used as living material. Blood samples of 31 Hampshire Down x Merino, 33 Dorset Down x Merino, 27 German Black Headed x Merino and 20 Border Leicester x Merino crosses were taken. The levels and types of blood glutathione (GSH) and erythrocyte potassium (K^+) were determined. Correlations between some production traits such as greasy fleece weight and lamb birth weight were estimated. Statistical significance was found in greasy fleece weight and high glutathione (GSH^H) and low potassium (LK) SBA x Merino crosses, but in Dorset Down x Merino crosses only low glutathione (GSH^h) type was shown to have significance with regards lamb birth weight.
MERT, NİHAT; GÜNDÜZ, HANDAN; AKGÜNDÜZ, VEDAT; and AKGÜNDÜZ, MÜNEVVER (2003) "Correlation between Biochemical Parameters and Production Traits in Merino Crosses Sheep I- Erythrocyte Potassium and Glutathione," Turkish Journal of Veterinary & Animal Sciences: Vol. 27: No. 4, Article 10. Available at: https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/veterinary/vol27/iss4/10