Effect of early life diet on lamb growth and organ development

New Zealand Society of Animal Production - AS Danso et al.

Type: Research Paper
Knowledge level: Advanced

Farm Table says:

Research finds that pellet consumption can begin at a very early age to assist with lamb rumen development and early weaning.

What is the problem?

The research objectives was to examine the impact on lamb growth and organ development when pellets added to milk diet of lamb very early post birth.

What did the research involved?

  • New Zealand, Massey University
  • 16 male Suffolk lambs
  • Allowed to suck dams for two days after being born. They were then separated and housed in individual indoor pens.
  • One group received milk replacer only. Second group received milk replaced and ad libitum access to pellets.
  • Lambs slaughtered at 60 days of age.

What were the key findings?

  • Mean pellet intake 125.33g DM/day
  • Addition of pellets to the diet of MP lambs had a significant effect on their LW, empty body weight (EBW), LWG and the hot carcass weights of the lambs
  • Total internal organ weight, stomach and liver sizes were greater in pelleted lambs.
2014 - New Zealand - New Zealand Society of Animal Production - AS Danso et al.
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