Effect of ewe’s weight at lambing on growth of Marwari lambs
Sahani, M.S.; Bapna, D.L. and Mehta, S.C. (2005) Effect of ewe’s weight at lambing on growth of Marwari lambs. Indian Journal of Animal Sciences, 75 (11). pp. 1321-1322. ISSN 0367-8318
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Growth of 397 Marwari lambs was analysed. The study clearly indicated that the lambs born out of females having lesser body weights at lambing produced weaker lambs. Therefore ewes’ body weight in the range of 26.5 to 34.0 kg can be considered as optimum for the birth of healthy lambs. Also, proper feeding during pregnancy should be done to achieve better birth weight of lambs. Further, the birth weight was not significantly affected by the age of the dam, therefore weight was not significantly affected by the age of the dam; therefore the ewes can be bred at an early age to achieve more lifetime production.
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