EFFECTS OF DOCKING ON GROWTH-PERFORMANCE AND CARCASS CHARACTERISTICS OF FAT-TAILED AWASSI RAM LAMBS


BICER O. , PEKEL E., GUNEY O.

SMALL RUMINANT RESEARCH, vol.8, no.4, pp.353-357, 1992 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 1992
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/0921-4488(92)90216-q
  • Title of Journal : SMALL RUMINANT RESEARCH
  • Page Numbers: pp.353-357

Abstract

Fifteen Awassi ram lambs were docked at 1 day of age by the elastrator method and 13 intact lambs were kept as controls. They were kept separately in two pens and fed a concentrate diet ad-libitum from weaning at 8 weeks of age until about 40 kg liveweight. Daily liveweight gain, group feed efficiency and the duration of fattening period for docked lambs were 266 g, 3.8 and 84 days vs. 230 g, 4.3 and 98 days for controls, respectively. None of the differences was significant (P > 0.05).