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Shearing Pregnant Ewes to Improve Lamb Birth Weight Increases Milk Yield of Ewes and Lamb Weaning Weight
- Cam, M.A. (Ondokuz Mayis University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science, Kurupelit) ;
- Kuran, M. (Ondokuz Mayis University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science, Kurupelit)
- Received : 2003.12.19
- Accepted : 2004.05.21
- Published : 2004.12.01
Milk yield, lamb birth weight and weaning weight responses to shearing during winter in sheep were investigated. A total of 46 Karayaka ewes were allocated into two treatment groups. Pregnant ewes in one group were shorn on day 100 of gestation (Shorn, n=24) and the remaining ewes were left unshorn to serve as controls (Unshorn, n=22). The ewes were maintained on pasture during the day and housed in the evenings. Lamb birth weight, weaning weight and ewes'' daily milk yield in fifteen dayintervals until weaning (75 days) were recorded. Shearing ewes on day 100 of pregnancy increased gestation length (p<0.01) compared to unshorn ewes (147.8
Supported by : ndokuz Mayis University, Faculty of Agriculture Research Fund
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