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Tswana Lambs Production under Communal Management In South Eastern Botswana

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Author(s): A. A. Aganga

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

Volume: 4;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 520;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: Lamb production | birth body weight | average daily body weight gains

ABSTRACT
Lamb production in Botswana is not a very popular enterprise compared to cattle and goats` production. This paper describes Tswana lamb production under communal management in South eastern Botswana. The study was an on-farm research using the farmers` animals. Data was collected through the use of structured questionnaire based on reasons for keeping sheep, reproductive performance, constraints to sheep production and growth rates of lambs from birth till three months of age. Type of births of lambs was 95.12% singles and 4.88% twins with a sex ratio of 50:50 male: females. The average birth body weight of Tswana male lamb was 2.5 and 2.09 Kg for female lambs. Average body weight of lambs after 3 months was 7.15 Kg for males and 6.35 Kg for females. The average daily body weight gain (g/day) in the first 3 months after birth was 51.44"0.40 for males and 47.39"0.37 for females Tswana lambs raised under extensive management system. Production constraints are discussed in the text.
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