Genetic and environmental effects on carcass characteristics of Southdown x Romney lambs: I. Growth rate, sex, and rearing effects.


Carcass data from more than 4,400 Southdown x Romney ewe and wether lambs collected over a 16-yr period were analyzed for the effects of sex, rearing status, and growth rate. Ewe lambs grew more slowly than wethers and had .78 kg less carcass weight at the same age. The carcass weight advantage for wethers was nearly all caused by heavier fat-free weight… (More)


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