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ABDF  -  Abdominal fat weight

Sus scrofa

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High impact information on ABF

  • The day prior to slaughter, five persons scanned 45 pigs, 32 sheep and 18 cattle at the last rib using an A-mode Ithaco Model 731AM101 body composition meter (ABF) and a Johnson and Johnson Ultrasound 210DX B-mode scanner fitted with a 3.0 MHz probe [1].
  • The performance traits analyzed were average daily gain (ADG) and backfat adjusted to 105 kg (ABF) [2].
  • Rank correlations between contemporary group deviations and RAM estimates of EPD for ADG and ABF were .53 and .41, respectively [2].

Other interactions of ABF

  • The methods used to rank boars were: 1) individual record (ADG, ABF), 2) individual record deviated from the contemporary group mean, and 3/4) individual record plus performance of relatives (including/excluding reference boars) using expected progeny differences (EPD) estimated from a reduced animal model (RAM) statistical procedure [2].
  • Growth and carcass traits analyzed included days to 114 kg (D114), ADG, backfat adjusted to 114 kg (ABF), LM area adjusted to 114 kg and predicted percent lean (PPL) [3].


  1. A study of operator effects on ultrasonic measures of fat depth and longissimus muscle area in cattle, sheep and pigs. McLaren, D.G., Novakofski, J., Parrett, D.F., Lo, L.L., Singh, S.D., Neumann, K.R., McKeith, F.K. J. Anim. Sci. (1991) [Pubmed]
  2. A comparison of methods for ranking boars from different central test stations. Mabry, J.W., Benyshek, L.L., Johnson, M.H., Little, D.E. J. Anim. Sci. (1987) [Pubmed]
  3. Correlated responses in growth, carcass, and meat quality traits to divergent selection for testosterone production in pigs. Bender, J.M., See, M.T., Hanson, D.J., Lawrence, T.E., Cassady, J.P. J. Anim. Sci. (2006) [Pubmed]
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