Energetic model of production characteristics for tom turkeys

M. B. Timmons, R. S. Gates

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General prediction equations were developed for production variables of tom turkeys, including: daily rate of gain, daily feed energy intake, and body heat loss. The predictions depend on both weight and temperature. The current national data base (39 million toms) was used to develop the weight dependency of these variables. The temperature dependency was modeled using data from the literature and integrator supplied data from North Carolina. Results indicated that rate of gain was highly dependent on temperature and current body weight, while feed conversion efficiency was negatively correlated with air temperature, and highly variable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1544-1551
Number of pages8
JournalTransactions of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)


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