Detalle Publicación

ARTÍCULO
D-Optimal experimental designs for a growth model applied to a Holstein-Friesian dairy farm
Autores: Campos-Barreiro, S.; López Fidalgo, Jesús Fernando
Título de la revista: STATISTICAL METHODS AND APPLICATIONS
ISSN: 1618-2510
Volumen: 24
Número: 3
Páginas: 491 - 505
Fecha de publicación: 2015
Resumen:
The body mass growth of organisms is usually represented in terms of what is known as ontogenetic growth models, which represent the relation of dependence between the mass of the body and time. This paper discusses design issues of West's ontogenetic growth model applied to a Holstein-Friesian dairy farm in the northwest of Spain. D-optimal experimental designs were computed to obtain an optimal fitting of the model. A correlation structure has been included in the statistical model due to the fact that observations on a particular animal are not independent. The choice of a robust correlation structure is an important contribution of this paper; it provides a methodology that can be used for any correlation structure. The experimental designs undertaken provide a tool to control the proper weight of heifers, which will help improve their productivity and, by extension, the competitiveness of the dairy farm.