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Wool quality traits of purebred and crossbred Merino lambs orally drenched with Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis)

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Holman, BWB and Kashani, A and Malau-Aduli, AEO, Wool quality traits of purebred and crossbred Merino lambs orally drenched with Spirulina (Arthrospira platensis), Italian Journal of Animal Science, 13, (2) pp. 387-391. ISSN 0390-0487 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.4081/ijas.2014.3174

Abstract

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of Spirulina supplementation, sire breed and sex on the wool characteristics of purebred and crossbred Merino weaned lambs under a single pasture-based management system. Lambs sired by Merino, White Suffolk, Dorset, Black Suffolk breeds were randomly allocated into 3 treatments the control group grazing without Spirulina (0 mL), low (100 mL) and high (200 mL) Spirulina groups. All lambs were kept as a single mob in paddocks, grazed for 9 weeks and wool samples analysed. Differences in wool quality between the control and supplemented groups were not significant (P>0.05). However, sire breed significantly (P<0.001) influenced fibre diameter, spinning fineness, comfort factor and fibre curvature with purebred Merinos having superior wool quality than crossbreds. Wethers grew higher quality wool than ewes. Spirulina has a potential as an alternative supplementary bioresource in dual-purpose sheep feeding because it does not compromise wool quality in supplemented weaner lambs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Spirulina, wool quality, Merino cross-bred, supplementation, dual purpose
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Animal Production
Research Field:Animal Breeding
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Livestock Raising
Objective Field:Sheep - Wool
Author:Holman, BWB (Mr Benjamin Holman)
Author:Kashani, A (Mr Arash Kashani)
Author:Malau-Aduli, AEO (Associate Professor Aduli Malau-Aduli)
ID Code:73381
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2011-09-29
Last Modified:2017-09-15
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