Identification of environmental factors affecting the racing performance of race camels in the United Arab Emirates

Salih A. Al-Shorepy

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    Abstract

    The aim of the present study was to investigate environmental factors affecting the racing performance of race camels in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The traits evaluated were racing time and race speed. The data used in this study were obtained from UAE Camel Race Association. One hundred ninety races of varying distances with 50 camels per race were video recorded for which the first ten winners were determined. The analyses were conducted using three statistical linear models. Age, sex, breed, sex by breed and distance effects were included in the linear models. In each race, three groups were considered; fastest ten, fastest three and the fastest. Average speed of race camels in UAE was 10.6 m/s (SD=0.26; range: 9.20-11.79 m/s), with coefficient of variation of 1.99 percent. Camels with 3 years of age were significantly (P < 0.05) faster than the other age groups for fastest three. Except for camels with 5 years of age, females were significantly (P <0.05) superior to males for the fastest ten. Both race speed and racing time were not affecting by the breed for fastest three and the fastest. The sex by breed interaction had no significant effects on both race speed and racing times.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)424-430
    Number of pages7
    JournalEmirates Journal of Food and Agriculture
    Volume23
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2011

    Keywords

    • Environmental factors
    • Race camels
    • Racing speed
    • Racing time

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Food Science
    • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
    • Animal Science and Zoology
    • Agronomy and Crop Science

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