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dc.contributor.authorMukasa-Mugerwa, E.
dc.contributor.authorNegussie, A.
dc.contributor.authorSaid, A.N.
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-06T07:01:36Z
dc.date.available2013-05-06T07:01:36Z
dc.date.issued1994
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Applied Animal Research;5: 53-61
dc.identifier.issn0971-2119
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10568/28861
dc.description.abstractWeaner ewe lambs (92 + 4 days, SD) of the Ethiopian Menz breed (n=115) were used to assess the impact of level of nutrition before and after first lambing on subsequent productivity. Lambs were raised either on pasture grazing only (P) or grazing with low (L), medium (M) or high (H) levels of a concentrate supplement containing 125 g/kg DM digestible protein and 25 Mcal/kg DM. Postweaning mortality was 13.9 percent being substantially higher for P animals (33 percent) than better fed counterparts (7 percent). Lamb weaning weight was affected by lambing season (P<0.01) and ewe postpartum level of nutrition (P<0.05). Both factors also affected the three productivity indices expressed as (1) the weight of a 90 days old lamb produced per ewe per year (Index I), (2) per kg of breeding female per year (Index II) or (3) per kg 0.73 of breeding female per year (Index III), and respectively averaging 11.0 + 0.87 kg., 520 + 41 g and 1.18 + 0.09 kg. The productivity index for ewes that only grazed was estimated as 60 and 50 percent that of contemporaries on L and M dietary levels because of lower lamb weaning rates, slower growth and extended lambing intervals. A possible approach to improve productivity of Menz sheep is suggested.
dc.language.isoen
dc.sourceJournal of Applied Animal Research
dc.subjectETHIOPIA
dc.subjectANIMAL NUTRITION
dc.subjectREPRODUCTION
dc.subjectREPRODUCTIVE PERFORMANCE
dc.subjectPRODUCTIVITY
dc.subjectTROPICS
dc.subjectPOST WEANING
dc.subjectSHEEP
dc.subjectMENZ SHEEP
dc.titleEffect of post-weaning level of nutrition on the early reproductive performance and productivity indices of Menz sheep
dc.typeJournal Article
cg.species.breedMENZ
cg.subject.ilriFEEDS
cg.subject.ilriLIVESTOCK
cg.identifier.statusRestricted Access
cg.identifier.doihttps://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09712119.1994.9705998
cg.coverage.regionAFRICA
cg.coverage.regionEAST AFRICA
cg.coverage.countryETHIOPIA


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