Pre and Post-natal Nutrition of Ewes on the Performances of Native Bengal Ewes and Their Lambs
Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Volume 5, Issue 2, March 2017, Pages: 33-38
Received: Feb. 12, 2017; Accepted: Feb. 27, 2017; Published: Mar. 18, 2017
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Sadek Ahmed, Goat and Sheep Production Research Division, Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Md. Rezaul Hai Rakib, Goat and Sheep Production Research Division, Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Rahat Ara Karim, Goat and Sheep Production Research Division, Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Swapon Kumar Fouzder, Department of Poultry Science, Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Patuakhali, Bangladesh
Nusrat Jahan, Animal Biotechnology Division, National Institute of Biotechnology, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nasrin Sultana, Goat and Sheep Production Research Division, Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Md. Ershaduzzaman, Goat and Sheep Production Research Division, Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Abstract
The aim of the study is to determine the effects of different plane of nutrition during late pregnancy to lactation on the performances of ewes and their offspring to weaning. About 36 native Bengal ewes of last 7 weeks gestation were randomly assigned to four different groups (T0, T1, T2, T3). The T0, T1, T2 and T3 groups were supplemented a concentrate mixture at 0.0, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0% of their body weight, respectively. Chopped German grass (Echinochloa polystachya) was provided as basal forages to ewes and a creep mixture (20 g/lamb/day) to the lambs from 2 weeks of age with a weakly increase of 10 g/lamb. The results shown that ewes dry matter intake (p < 0.01), milk yield (p < 0.05), days open (p < 0.01), live weight gain before lambing (p < 0.01) and at weaning (p < 0.01) and weight recovery from late gestation to weaning (p < 0.05) improved with high plane of nutrition. Higher weight recovery found in T2 group. Litter size had an effect on (p < 0.01) all weight traits of lambs and ewes milk yield. Sex of lamb also affects (p < 0.05) the weaning weight and daily gain of lambs.
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Native Bengal Ewes, Lambs, Pre and Post-natal Nutrition
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Sadek Ahmed, Md. Rezaul Hai Rakib, Rahat Ara Karim, Swapon Kumar Fouzder, Nusrat Jahan, Nasrin Sultana, Md. Ershaduzzaman, Pre and Post-natal Nutrition of Ewes on the Performances of Native Bengal Ewes and Their Lambs, Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2017, pp. 33-38. doi: 10.11648/j.avs.20170502.12
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