The Effect Of Fibre-protein Levels On Milk Parameters Of West African Dwarf Sheep At First Lambing | 8856
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A study on the effect of dietary fibre-protein levels on milk parameters and performance of West African Dwarf ewes and
their lambs at first lambing was investigated for twelve weeks. The experimental diet includes control (CTRL), low fibre
high protein (LFHP), and high fibre low protein (HFLP). Diet significantly (p<0.05) influenced milk fat and fat-protein ratio of
the milk, feed intake and milk off take but did not significantly (p>0.05) influenced total solids and protein content. The LFHP
diet was the most consumed (P<0.05) compared to other diets and it induced higher percentage of milk offtake, fat and protein
content. Lactating ewes on LFHP were significantly superior in weight, body parameters and udder dimensions except wither
height and teat length that had significantly higher values in HFLP and CTRL diet respectively. Lambs on LFHP diet were
significantly superior in weight and body parameters. No significant difference was detected among diets for heart girth and
udder width in lactating ewes and for body length and neck circumference in their lambs. The fat/protein ratio of LFHP and
CRTL diets indicated sufficient supply of energy and fiber as compared to diet on HFLP. Feed cost was highest in control diet
but lowest for high fibre-low protein diet. Since dietary low fibre high protein improved the milk and body parameters, low fibre
high protein (LFHP) diet should be formulated for lactating ewes to enhance the performance of WAD and their lambs at first
Adewumi O.O completed her PhD at the age of 38 years from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria and postdoctoral studies from the
State Key Laboratory of Integrated Management of Pest Insects and Rodents, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.
She is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. She has authored and co-authored more than 25
papers including journal publications and conference proceedings and serving as a reviewer for the journals of repute. She is a member of several
academic and administrative committees and has served in various capacities.
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