Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 44, Issue 5, pp 1057–1062 | Cite as

Fattening performance and carcass traits of Chios male lambs fed under traditional and intensive feeding conditions

  • Sibel Soycan Önenç
  • Mürsel Özdoğan
  • Funda Erdoğan Ataç
  • Turgay Taşkın
Original Research

Abstract

This study was carried out to compare the fattening performance and carcass traits of Chios male lambs fed under traditional and intensive feeding conditions. In the study, a total of 34 lambs were randomly separated into traditional (T) and intensive (I) groups in equal numbers. Lambs in group T were fed on ration prepared in local style and grazed in olive grove for 8 h/day. On the other hand, lambs in group I were fed on 255 g alfalfa hay animal−1 day−1 and ad libitum mixed feed. After a period of 8 weeks, lambs were transported to the slaughterhouse. The results showed that Chios lambs fed under intensive conditions has better performance and produced heavier carcass compared to those fed under traditional conditions. However, consumption of concentrate feed mixture was about twice as much in group I as in group T. Total feed consumption and feed conversion ratio was similar in each group. The values of carcass traits of lambs in group I were found to be significantly higher than those of group T. On the other hand, carcass fat thickness was slightly lower in group T. Traditional condition is considered to respond to better to consumer demands for lean lamb carcass.

Keywords

Chios lamb Traditional feeding Intensive feeding Fattening performance Carcass quality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sibel Soycan Önenç
    • 1
  • Mürsel Özdoğan
    • 2
  • Funda Erdoğan Ataç
    • 3
  • Turgay Taşkın
    • 3
  1. 1.Animal Science Department, Agriculture FacultyNamık Kemal UniversityTekirdağTurkey
  2. 2.Animal Science Department, Agriculture FacultyAdnan Menderes UniversityAydınTurkey
  3. 3.Animal Science Department, Agriculture FacultyEge UniversityIzmirTurkey

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