The effect of different levels of feeding in late gestation on ewe weight, lamb birth weight and lamb growth of Karakas and Hamdani ewes
Demirel, M.; Aygun, T.; Altin, T.; Bingol, M.
Turk Veterinerlik ve Hayvanclk Dergisi 24(3): 243-249
The effect of different feeding levels on ewe weight gain, deviation in weight gain, lamb birth weight and lamb growth performance of Karakas and Hamdani sheep was studied. The ewes were divided into 4 groups; the first, second, third and fourth groups had 80, 100, 115 and 130% of the NRC recommendation for 60 kg body weight in late gestation, respectively. The mean deviation of ewe liveweight in late gestation and postpartum were 0.39 and -5.80 kg, 9.09 and 2.57 kg, 11.95 and 5.26 kg, 14.29 and 7.53 kg for groups 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively. The first group had lower (P<0.01) deviation than other groups. Ewe liveweight gain was increased (P<0.01) by increasing the other groups.