Articles | Volume 61, issue 2
Original study
13 Jun 2018
Original study |  | 13 Jun 2018

Body condition status at mating affects gestation length, offspring yield and return rate in ewes

Mehmet Akif Cam, Ali Vaiz Garipoglu, and Koray Kirikci

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Cited articles

Ahmed, M. H., Salem, A. Z. M., Olafadehan, O. A., Kholif, A. E., Rivero, N., Mariezcurrena, M. A., Camacho, L. M., Elghandour, M. M. Y., Alonso, M. U., and Almaz, A. H. A.: Effect of pre- and post-partum dietary crude protein level on the performance of ewes and their lambs, Small Ruminant Res., 136, 221–226, 2016. 
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In sheep production, the body condition scores and parities are important environmental factors affecting lamb yield. Extreme body condition scores (fattening state) lead to negative effects on lamb yield. In the present study, it was revealed that ewes with medium and fat body condition scores (BCS: 2.5–4.0) were profitable. It was shown that the body condition score had minimal effects on the birth weights of lambs, and the incidence of dystocia was increased in thin and very fat ewes.