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Seasonal tissue changes in Scottish Blackface ewes over multiple production cycles

  • N. R. Lambe (a1), M. J. Young (a2), G. Simm (a1), J. Conington (a1) and S. Brotherstone (a1)...

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A previous study using X-ray computed tomography (CT) of Scottish Blackface hill ewes found that carcass fat, internal fat and muscle are depleted during pregnancy and early lactation and deposited during late lactation and the dry period. Relationships were also found between fat and muscle levels and lamb production traits (Lambe et al., 2002a). Changes in tissue levels over multiple production cycles of the hill ewe, and how these changes relate to lamb production are also of interest. The aims of this study were to model changes in carcass fat, internal fat and muscle through three production cycles and to compare patterns of tissue change in ewes producing different numbers of lambs.

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Lambe, N.R., Young, M.J., McLean, K.A., Conington, J. and Simm, G., 2002a. Prediction of total body tissue weights in Scottish Blackface ewes using CT scanning. Animal Science, accepted.
Lambe, N.R., Brotherstone, S., Lewis, R.M., Young, M.J., Conington, J. and Simm, G., 2002b. A genetic analysis of seasonal tissue changes in Scottish Blackface ewes, using X-ray computed tomography. Proceedings 7th WCGALP
Gilmour, A.R., Cullis, B.R., Welham, S.J. and Thompson, R. 2001. ASREML Reference Manual.

Seasonal tissue changes in Scottish Blackface ewes over multiple production cycles

  • N. R. Lambe (a1), M. J. Young (a2), G. Simm (a1), J. Conington (a1) and S. Brotherstone (a1)...

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