Parameters Control N=36 Low fibre-High protein (n=36) High fibre-Low protein (n=36) Overall mean (n=108) pvalue
Weight of dam (cm) 23.74±0.77b 26.93±0.32a 24.08±0.61b 24.84±0.37 P<0.001
Linear Body Measurements
Wither height (cm) 60.86±0.52a 58.44±0.90b 61.64±0.77a 60.31±0.45 P<0.01
Body length (cm) 57.64±0.79b 62.89±0.54a 61.06±0.94a 60.47±0.49 P<0.001
Neck length (cm) 17.39± 0.43ab 20.97 ± 1.78a 17.22 ± 0.53b 18.52±0.65 P<0.05
Neck circumference (cm) 28.60 ±0.13b 31.22 ± 0.41a 29.39 ± 0.36b 29.78±2.58 P<0.001
Heart girth (cm) 71.17±0.22 71.50±0.75 71.39±0.73 71.38±0.35 ns
Udder dimensions
Udder circmference (cm) 27.78±0.29b 31.36±0.60a 24.72±0.38c 27.93±0.37 P<0.001
Udder width (cm) 14.80±0.22 15.28±0.38 15.07±0.70 15.07±0.27 ns
Teat length  (cm) 2.92±0.05a 2.61±0.08b 2.56±0.08b 2.69±0.04 P<0.01
Teat circumference (cm) 3.82 ± 0.10b 4.67 ± 0.20a 3.82 ± 0.20b 4.41±0.11 P<0.001
Distance between teats (cm) 10.58 ± 0.13b 11.11 ± 0.15a 10.25 ± 0.18b 10.64±0.01 P<0.001
Distance of teat from ground (cm) 31.97 ± 0.34b 35.89 ± 0.44a 36.31 ± 0.68a 34.72±0.35 P<0.001
Table 3: Effect of dietary fibre-protein levels on linear body measurements and udder dimensions of WAD ewes at first lambing.