Effect of Growth Rate on Mammary Gland Development in Ewe Lambs: Review of the Literature – Feeding Guidelines for American Dairy Sheep Producers

Project Overview

FNE01-396
Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2001: $3,108.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2001
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $1,223.00
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
Bee Tolman
Tolman Sheep Dairy Farm

Commodities

  • Animals: sheep

Practices

  • Animal Production: feed rations
  • Education and Training: technical assistance

    Proposal summary:

    Research shows a negative correlation between prepubertal growth rate and lifetime milk production in sheep and cattle, a phenomenon that is poorly understood. The farmer will research this question and work with advisers to establish growth rates in ewe lambs that allow for reproductive efficiency without compromising lifetime milk production. Results will be distributed through Cooperative Extension and an industry magazine.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.