Effects of lambing season, sex and birth type on growth performance in Norduz lambs


Yilmaz O. , DENK H., BAYRAM D.

SMALL RUMINANT RESEARCH, cilt.68, ss.336-339, 2007 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

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The aim of this study was to evaluate effects of two production systems (spring and winter), sex and birth type on growth performance in Norduz lambs. Data were collected using 103 and 140 lambs born during the winter and spring, respectively. Lambs born in the winter were heavier (P < 0.01) than those born in the spring at birth, 90 and 180 days of age by 0.5, 1.6 and 1.7 kg, respectively. Ram lambs were heavier (P < 0.01) than ewe lambs at birth, 90 and 180 days of age by 0.5, 1.0 and 2.3 kg, respectively, while lambs born as singles were heavier (P < 0.01) than lambs born as twins at birth, 90 and 180 days of age by 0.9, 1.6 and 2.3 kg, respectively. Lambs born in the winter recorded a higher (P < 0.01) pre-weaning ADG (15 g/day) than spring-bom lambs, while ram lambs recorded a higher (P < 0.01) pre-weaning ADG (11g/day) than ewe lambs. The effect of birth type was not significant on pre-weaning ADG. The influence of lambing season and sex were also not significant on post-weaning ADG. Lambs born as singles recorded a higher (P < 0.01) post-weaning ADG (16 g/day) than lambs born as twins. Results suggest the winter season to give rise to heavier lambs at weaning and post-weaning and suggest lambs born in different seasons to have distinctly different growth patterns. The data also confirm that the influence of sex and type of birth on growth to be very important and to be take into account sheep production. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.