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The effects of incorporating either lupins or soya bean meal into concentrate diets when compared with a control concentrate diet on the performance and carcase characteristics of finishing lambs

  • C L Marley (a1), R Fychan (a1), V J Theobald (a1), D R W Davies (a1), R Sanderson (a1), M T Abberton (a1) and D R Davies (a1)...


Soya bean (Glycine max) meal is an important component of animal feed and oil seed rape and palm kernel cake and meal are typically used in commercial concentrate diets for sheep in the UK.. Lupins (Lupinus; Leguminosae) as a high protein, high energy, nitrogen-fixing grain legume, have potential as a home-grown livestock feed in the UK (Wilkins and Jones, 2000). Research has been conducted on the effects of narrow-leafed lupins (Lupinus angustifolius) (Hill, 2005) but there have been few studies on the effects of yellow lupins (Lupinus luteus) when fed to sheep. This study investigated the effects of incorporating either yellow lupins, narrow-leaf lupins or soya bean meal into the concentrate diets of finishing lambs on lamb productivity and carcass characteristics when compared to a commercial UK lamb finisher diet.


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Hill, G.D. 2005. Proceedings of the 11th International Lupin Conference, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, 4-9 May, pp. 280–287.
Theil, H. 1950. Proceedings of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen. Series A: Mathematical Sciences, 53, 386–392.
Wilkins, R.J. and Jones, R. 2000. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 85, 23–32.


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