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Turkish Journal of Veterinary & Animal Sciences

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In this study, various characteristics of fertility and milk yield were investigated in White Karaman and Chios x White Karaman crossbred (F_1) sheep. The study was carried out at the Research and Practice Farm at the University of Fırat, on 30 White Karaman and 22 Chios x White Karaman crossbred (F_1) sheep 1.5 years of age to examine fertility characteristics and on 20 animals from each genotype at the age of 2 years to examine milk yield characteristics. Animals in oestrous cycle were improved by addition of a teaser ram within the study population, and they were then inseminated by previously selected rams. During the insemination, all the sheep were fed with alfalfa hay ad libitum in addition to pasturing. During the parturition season and lactation period, 600 g of concentrated feed were given for each animal in addition to alfalfa hay. In the study, pregnancy rates of 90% and 95% were determined in pure White Karaman and Chios x White Karaman crossbred (F_1) sheep, respectively. The proportions of sheep having parturition were 80% and 90% in the purebred and crossbred groups, respectively. Twin birth rate, average lamb number at each parturition and the proportion of lamb number at weaning were found as 16% and 40% (P

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