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The effect of supplementing pregnant ewes with marine algae or linseed on milk yield, milk composition and lamb growth rate

  • J L Capper (a1), R G Wilkinson (a1), A M Mackenzie (a1) and L A Sinclair (a1)

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Supplementing pregnant ewes with the n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) found in marine algae and fish oil increases gestation length and improves lamb vigour (Capper et al., 2002). However, continuing fish oil supplementation into lactation reduces milk component yield and lamb growth rate (Capper, 2005). The objective of the current experiment was to investigate the potential carry-over effects of feeding marine algae during pregnancy on ewe milk yield and composition during lactation and subsequent lamb growth rate.

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Capper, J. L., Wilkinson, R. G., Sinclair, L. A., Pattinson, S. E. and Mackenzie, A. M. 2002. The effect of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid and vitamin E supplementation of ewes on neonatal lamb vigour, lamb growth and colostrum parameters. Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science Annual Meeting 2002: 7.
Capper, J. L. 2005. The effect of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid and vitamin E supplementation of ewes on neonatal lamb behaviour and performance PhD Thesis. Newport: Harper Adams University College.

The effect of supplementing pregnant ewes with marine algae or linseed on milk yield, milk composition and lamb growth rate

  • J L Capper (a1), R G Wilkinson (a1), A M Mackenzie (a1) and L A Sinclair (a1)

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