Growth performance and carcass traits of forage-fed hair sheep wethers
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Burke, J.M. and Apple, J.K. 2005. Growth performance and carcass traits of forage-fed hair sheep wethers. Small Ruminant Research 30(30): PP. 7.
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The objective of the presebt study was to compare live animal performance and carcass characteristics of ¾ or 7/8 Dorper (DO; n-30), purebred Katahdin (KA; n=20), purebred st. Croix (SC; n=17) and purebred Suffolk (SU; n=10) lambs born in the spring and fall of 2001. After weaning, lambs were supplemented with up to 680g of a corn-soybean meal supplement while grazing bermudagrass pastures overseeded with ryegrass. Lambs were slaughtered at approximately 210d of age. From birth to weaning, DO lambs gained faster (p