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Growth Performance and Carcass Traits Responses to Dried Distillers’ Grain with Solubles Feeding of Growing Awassi Ram Lambs

Animals. 2019;9(11):954 DOI 10.3390/ani9110954

 

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Journal Title: Animals

ISSN: 2076-2615 (Online)

Publisher: MDPI AG

LCC Subject Category: Agriculture: Animal culture: Veterinary medicine | Science: Zoology

Country of publisher: Switzerland

Language of fulltext: English

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AUTHORS


Safa’ M. Hatamleh (Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agriculture, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid 22110, Jordan)

Belal S. Obeidat (Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agriculture, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid 22110, Jordan)

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Blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 11 weeks

 

Abstract | Full Text

This study considers the impact of dried distillers&#8217; grain with solubles (DDGS) in diets of lambs. Randomly; 27 lambs were distributed to one of three diets. Diets were: a control diet (CON; <i>n</i> = 9), a 125 (DDGS125; <i>n</i> = 9) or a 250 g/kg DDGS (DDGS250; <i>n</i> = 9) of dietary dry matter (DM). The lambs were fed using these diets for 91 days. To assess carcass traits; five lambs were randomly selected at the end of the study. No significant differences were detected in intake and digestibility of DM; crude protein and fiber. Average daily gain did not differ among diets. Carcass characteristics did not differ among diets. With the exception of shear force and redness, which were greater in DDGS250 than in DDGS125 and CON diets, meat quality parameters were unaffected. Eye muscle area decreased in DDGS125 than in DDGS250 and CON diet. These results demonstrate that the feeding of lambs on DDGS at 125 or 250 g/kg DM did not have any impact on growth. These diets only had a simple effect on the characteristics of carcass and meat quality. These results suggest that it would be suitable to introduce these feeds into sheep nutrition in the future.