Influence of Different Levels of Ground Oak (Quercus Aegilops) Acorns on Growth Performance and Some Carcass Characteristics of Awassi Lambs

  • Hoger M. Hidayet Dept. of Pathology and Microbiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region - Iraq.
  • Kamal N. Mustafa College of Agricultural Engineering Sciences, University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq
Keywords: oak acorns, Sheep, Fattening, Performance, Carcass

Abstract

This study was aimed to investigate the effect of feeding different levels of oak acorns on growth and some carcass characteristics of Awassi lambs. Twenty lambs were blocked into four groups (5 lambs/ group) according to live body weight and fed on one of the experimental diets (0, 5, 10 and 15% oak acorns). The results showed no effect of dietary treatments on live body weight throughout the period of study, also there were no effects of treatments on carcass traits except for rib-eye muscle area which was largest in the group fed on 5% acorns. It could be concluded that feeding Awassi lambs on ground oak acorns has no adverse effects on growth performance and health condition.

Author Biographies

Hoger M. Hidayet, Dept. of Pathology and Microbiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region - Iraq.

Dept. of Pathology and Microbiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region - Iraq (hoger.hidayet@uod.ac).

Kamal N. Mustafa, College of Agricultural Engineering Sciences, University of Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

College of Agricultural Engineering Sciences, University of Duhok, Duhok, Kurdistan Region, Iraq – (kamal.noman@uod.ac)

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Published
2020-06-30
How to Cite
Hidayet, H., & Mustafa, K. (2020). Influence of Different Levels of Ground Oak (Quercus Aegilops) Acorns on Growth Performance and Some Carcass Characteristics of Awassi Lambs. Science Journal of University of Zakho, 8(2), 58-61. https://doi.org/10.25271/sjuoz.2020.8.2.711
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Science Journal of University of Zakho