Utilization of energy for growth in lambs of the breed German Merino Landsheep
Based on energy deposition and energy intake the utilization of energy for fat and protein deposition and the mean energy utilization for growth as well as the energy requirement for maintenance were estimated in this study. Fifty-four male and 54 female lambs were fed at three feeding levels and slaughtered at various body weights (BW): 18, 30, 45, and 55 kg. Based on the method of the comparative slaughter technique the total body of each animal was analysed. From the data of empty-body gain, fat, protein and energy deposition in the different fattening periods was calculated. The utilization of metabolizable energy for growth and maintenance was estimated by a multiple linear regression model. In this regression model, a utilization of energy for fat deposition of 71% and for protein deposition of 30% was determined (R2 = 0.869). The requirement for maintenance was 520 kJ x kg BW(-0.75) x d(-1). A slightly higher requirement for maintenance was determined for female lambs. The study indicated that the used regression model can be recommended to estimate the utilization of energy and the requirement for maintenance in growing lambs.
- Utilization of energy for growth in lambs of the breed German Merino Landsheep
- Archives Animal Nutrition
- Prof. Dr. Gerhard Bellof , J Pallauf
- Bellof, G.; Pallauf, J. (2004): Utilization of energy for growth in lambs of the breed German Merino Landsheep. Archives Animal Nutrition 58 (6), S. 495-505. DOI: 10.1080/00039420400019944