Compensatory growth in immature sheep. 1. The effects of weight loss and realimentation on the whole body composition
Drew, K.R.; Reid, J.T.
Journal of Agricultural Science 85(2): 193-204
ISSN/ISBN: 0021-8596 Accession: 000322487
1. Of 48 crossbred wether lambs, 10 were killed at the start, 6 were continuously fed to appetite, 6 had 70% of that amount, 26 were progressively underfed and 18 of those were refed after loss of about 25% of empty bodyweight. Although underfeeding to produce 25% loss generally caused changes which represented a reversal of normal growth, body fat did not decrease during the first half of the period of restriction, and did not increase during the first 2 weeks of refeeding. In all circumstances body fat and water contents were closely related.