Articles | Volume 65, issue 1
Arch. Anim. Breed., 65, 113–120, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-65-113-2022
Arch. Anim. Breed., 65, 113–120, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-65-113-2022

Original study 11 Mar 2022

Original study | 11 Mar 2022

Effects of green oak acorn (Quercus ilex) intake on nutrient digestibility, lamb growth, and carcass and non-carcass characteristics

Ilyes Mekki et al.

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Oak acorn diets fed to lambs during the pre-weaning period did not negatively affect their future growth performance. Replacing barley grain with oak acorn in concentrate during the post-weaning period had no effects on a lamb’s growth performance, health and viability. Oak acorn can replace up to 40 % of barley grain in finishing feedlot lamb diets. The substitution of oak acorn for barley has no effects on carcass traits.