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dc.contributor.authorCranston, LMen_US
dc.contributor.authorCorner-Thomas, RAen_US
dc.contributor.authorKenyon, PRen_US
dc.contributor.authorMorris, STen_US
dc.date.available2016-07-07en_US
dc.date.issued2016-07-07en_US
dc.identifier.citationProceeding of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, 2016, 76 pp. 65 - 68 (4)en_US
dc.identifier.issn1176-5283en_US
dc.description.abstractPlantain-clover mixes have high metabolisable energy content and have been shown to support greater liveweight gains in lambs both pre- and post-weaning when compared with grass. The aim of this experiment was to determine if a plantain-clover mix could be used as a means to wean lambs earlier. Twin-bearing ewes (n=67) with both lambs at a minimum live weight of 16 kg each were allocated to one of three treatments; 1) ewe and lambs together on grass, 2) ewes and lambs together on plantain- clover mix, 3) lambs weaned at approximately 8 weeks of age onto a plantain-clover mix and ewes on grass. Lambs that were weaned early were lighter (P<0.05) at approximately 14 weeks of age than those which remained with their dam on either a plantain-clover mix or grass (32.3±0.43 vs 34.7±0.44 vs 33.7±0.45 kg, respectively). However, ewes which had their lambs weaned early were heavier (P<0.05; 79.7±1.73 vs 75.5±1.68 vs 75.9±1.64 kg, respectively) and in better body condition score (P<0.05; 3.1±0.05 vs 2.9±0.05 vs 2.9±0.05, respectively) than those which remained with their lambs on either a plantain-clover mix or grass. This suggests early weaning improved ewe condition but did not improve lamb performanceen_US
dc.format.extent65 - 68 (4)en_US
dc.publisherNZSAPen_US
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
dc.subjectearly weaningen_US
dc.subjectlambsen_US
dc.subjectherben_US
dc.subjectplantainen_US
dc.subjectcloveren_US
dc.titleGrowth of early weaned lambs on a plantain-clover mix compared with lambs suckling their dam on a plantain-clover mix or a grass based swarden_US
dc.typeConference Paper
dc.citation.volume76en_US
dc.description.confidentialfalseen_US
dc.identifier.elements-id279167
dc.relation.isPartOfProceeding of the New Zealand Society of Animal Productionen_US
dc.description.publication-statusPublisheden_US
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University/College of Sciences
dc.identifier.harvestedMassey_Dark
pubs.notesNot knownen_US
dc.subject.anzsrc0702 Animal Productionen_US


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