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Factors affecting production records of lambs from a flock of East African Blackheaded sheep

  • J. C. M. Trail (a1) and G. D. Sacker (a1)

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1. The effects of age of ewe, and year, sex and type of birth of lambs on lamb weights between birth and weaning were measured and appropriate correction factors estimated in a flock of East African Blackheaded sheep maintained over an 11-year period in Western Uganda. These correction factors were then used to examine the effects of a long dry season at different stages of lamb growth.

2. On birth weights the effects of sex ranged from 0-25 lb. to 0-40 lb.; twinning 1-0 lb.; gimmer's lamb 0-5 lb. On 2-month weights the corresponding adjustments were 0-2 lb.-l-4 lb.; 5-1 lb.; 1-7 lb. On weaning weights 0-3 lb.-2-9 lb.; 6-0 lb.; 2-6 lb.

3. A long dry season during late pregnancy did not appear to affect lamb birth-weights and a dry season between 2 months and 5 months of age did not affect lamb weaning weights. However a dry season during the main suckling period from birth to 2 months of age significantly lowered lamb weights at 2 months of age.

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Factors affecting production records of lambs from a flock of East African Blackheaded sheep

  • J. C. M. Trail (a1) and G. D. Sacker (a1)

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