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Camurca et al., 2002. Rev. Bras. Zootec., 31 (5): 2113-2122

Document reference 
Camurca, D. A. ; Neiva, J. N. M. ; Pimentel, J. C. M. ; Vasconcelos, V. R. ; Lobo, R. N. B., 2002. Performance of sheep fed tropical grass hay based diets. Rev. Bras. Zootec., 31 (5): 2113-2122

A study was conducted to evaluate the performance, as well as the dry matter and nutrient intake of feedlot sheep fed diets containing different levels of hay from tropical grasses: elephant grass, buffel grass, milha-roxa and urochloa grass. Santa Ines dairy sheep (16 males and 16 females, 26.5 kg average body weight) were used under a completely randomized design, with four replicates and two animals per experimental unit. Males and females showed the same response to all treatments. Liveweight gain was similar for all diets, with an average of 95 g/animal/day. Dry matter and neutral detergent fibre intake did not differ among treatments. However, diets with milha-roxa hay were associated with the highest crude protein intake. It was concluded that all types of hay can be used for feedlot sheep.

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Camurca et al., 2002