The objective of the current study was to investigate the effect of weaning twin lambs born to yearlings at 9, 11 or 13 weeks of age on the live weight of the yearling and her lambs. The yearlings and the lambs were allocated to one of three weaning treatment groups (9-week versus 11-week versus 13-week) on Day 1. Each treatment group was balanced for yearling and lamb live weight. At Week 13, all lambs were removed from the remainder of the experiment but the yearlings were monitored for a further six weeks. The yearlings and lambs were offered ad-libitum levels of herbage throughout the experimental period and the pre- and post-grazing mass was monitored weekly. The yearlings and lambs were weighed on Days 1, 7, 14, 21 and 28 while yearlings were weighed again on Days 35, 42 and 70. Pre- and post-grazing mass was monitored weekly. Yearling live weight did not differ (P >0.05) between treatment groups on Days 1, 35 or 70. Lamb live weight did not differ (P >0.05) on Days 1, 14 or 28. These results indicate that there is no advantage of early weaning of twin lambs born to yearlings on the live weight of the yearling or her lambs.
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 71, Invercargill, 79-82, 2011
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