Effects of small ruminant type and level of intake on metabolism

TitleEffects of small ruminant type and level of intake on metabolism
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsAsmare, A, Puchala, R, Tesfai, K, Detweiler, G, Dawson, L, Askar, A, Wang, Z, Goetsch, A
JournalSmall Ruminant Research
Volume102
Start Page186
Abstract

Boer (BG) and Spanish goat (SG) and Rambouillet sheep (RS) wethers, ≥ 2.5 yr of age, consumed grass hay ad libitum (AL) or in restricted amounts (RI). Initial BW was 50, 74, and 40 kg for BG, RS, and SG, respectively. Intake of ME was 276, 230, and 281 kJ/kg BW0.75 for BG, SG, and RS (SE = 10.2) and 209 and 316 kJ/kg BW0.75 for RI and AL, respectively (SE = 7.7). Change in BW was lowest (P