The effect of dam nutrient deprivation on lamb carcass characteristics, retail yields, and nutrient composition
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The objective of this study was to determine the effect of dam nutrient restriction on offspring carcass characteristics, retail cut yields, and nutrient composition. Forty one western white rams and ewes were obtained from a previous Colorado State University study of dam nutrient restriction. Prior to gestation, dams were fed 100% of their nutrient requirements. The diet of dams was a vitamin-mineral rich pelleted beet-pulp (77.8% total digestible nutrients [TDN], 90.0% dry matter [DM], and 9.4% crude protein [CP]). At 28 days gestational age, dams were randomly assigned to individual pens and ...