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The Effect of Voluntary Feed Intake on Some Plasma Parameters in Different Sex Lambs

Author(s): Karaalp Musa | Cimen Murat | Elmastas Mahfuz

Journal: Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
ISSN 1680-5593

Volume: 4;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 702;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: Voluntary feed intake | lamb | sex | plasma parameters

In this study, the changes in the plasma parameters of different sex lambs were investigated when diet is constituted by the free choice of animals instead of feeding a standard diet. 6-7 months old Karayaka lambs (7 male and 7 female) were used in experiment 1. Sugar beet pulp, perennial ryegrass and alfalfa straw were used to feed lambs in the research lasting for 28 days. In experiment 2, 7-8 months old Karayaka lambs (7 male and 7 female) were used. The ground barley, wheat bran, expeller cottonseed meal and alfalfa straw were used to feed. The second experiment was continued for 42 days. In roughage selection, male lambs consumed more feed (42.6%) than female lambs in total consumption (experiment 1). Besides, the sugar beet pulp consumption of male lambs were higher (66%) than that of the female lambs, but were lower (76.3%) for alfalfa straw. In experiment 2, total feed consumption of male lambs was higher (10.2%) than that of female lambs. Besides the feed consumption of male lambs was higher 43.7 and 35.7% for wheat bran and alfalfa straw, respectively. In both experiments, there were no significant (p>0.05) differences between plasma glucose, total protein, albumin, globulin, amylase, sodium and potassium of the groups. The cholesterol level were higher (p
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