Turkish Journal of Veterinary & Animal Sciences




This study was carried out to investigate the fattening and carcass characteristics of German Blackheaded Mutton (GBM) x Awassi (A) F1, Hampshire Down (HD) x A (F1) and HD x (HD x A) B1 male lambs. Nine GBM x A (F1), eight (HD) x A (F1) and eight HD x (HD x A) B1 male lambs were used for fattening traits, and six of each breed for carcass traits. The lambs were fed, from the beginning at approximately 20 kg of live weights to the finish at 45 kg, alfalfa hay 100 g/head/day and concentrates ad libitum. For statistical analysis, one way analysis of variance was used. For GBM x A (F1), HD x A (F1) and HD x (HD x A) B1 lambs, daily gains and feed gain ratios were 351.18 g and 3.77 kg, 367.98 g and 3.95 kg, 357.94 g and 3.67 kg respectively. All carcasses were divided into five cuts namely leg, shoulder, back, loin and others. To obtain knowledge about carcass composition, leg and shoulder cuts were dissected. Dressing percentages were found to be 48.54, 50.99 and 50.97 % (P


Crossbreed Lambs, Fattening, Carcass

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