Journal article

Milk production and body composition of single-bearing East Friesian x Romney and Border Leicester x Merino ewes

TE Hunter, D Suster, K DiGiacomo, FR Dunshea, LJ Cummins, AR Egan, BJ Leury

Small Ruminant Research | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2015


The introduction of East Friesian (EF) genetics into commercial sheep milking herds has the potential to improve milk yield and offer a robust dam for meat lamb production systems. This study was conducted to measure the milk production, feed intake and longitudinal changes in body composition of EF×Romney (EFR) and Border Leicester×Merino (BLM) ewes over the first nine weeks of lactation. Sixteen seconds parity single-bearing EFR (n =8) and BLM (n =8) ewes that had been mated to a purebred EF ram were housed in individual pens from 2 weeks prior to, and until 9 weeks after, lambing and fed a commercial pelleted diet with additional chaff. Milk yield was measured twice a week using the four-..

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