TITLE

Return to Basic Grass For Twin-Bearing Ewes Up Lamb Output With More Protein

AUTHOR(S)
Wragg, Simon
PUB. DATE
April 2003
SOURCE
Farmers Weekly;4/4/2003, Vol. 138 Issue 13, p43
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Increasing digestible undegradable protein (DUP) in concentrates fed to triplet-bearing ewes can help increase lamb output on low maintenance systems, despite having little effect on lamb birth weight or colostrum production. Mixed breed ewes fed on a grass-based diet supplemented with a 20% concentrate for six weeks before lambing reared most lambs at an optimal concentrate DUP level of 70-80g⁄kg DM. Researchers suggest increasing DUP levels fed may improve colostrum composition, thereby increasing lamb survival on easy-care systems.
ACCESSION #
9874731

 

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