Estimation of milk production in hair ewes by two methods of measurementJournal: REVISTA MVZ CÓRDOBA (Vol.20, No. 2)
Publication Date: 2015-05-01
Authors : Irina Peniche G; Luis Sarmiento F; Ronald Santos R;
Page : 4629-4635
Keywords : Hand milking; lambs; weighing;
Objective. The objective of the current study was to compare two methods to estimate daily milk production in crossbred hair ewes. Materials and methods. Eight multiparous, crossbred (Pelibuey x Katahdin) lactating hair ewes were used in a completely randomized design with repeated measurements, for 56 days. Ewes were fed ad libitum with a diet based on concentrate. Milk production was estimated twice a week for each ewe by both methods, suckled-hand (SH) and weigh-suckle-weigh (WSW) method. Results. Milk production (p>0.05) means were 1031.9±95.6 and 1119.0±95.6 g/day/ewe for SH and WSW method, respectively. Conclusions. No significant differences (p>0.05) were found between methods for milk yield.
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