Livestock Studies 2009, Vol 49, Num, 2     (Pages: 091-104)

Some production characteristics of Karagül sheep on insitu conditions

Halil EROL 1 ,H. İbrahim AKÇADAĞ 1

1 Lalahan Hayvancılık Merkez Araştırma Enstitüsü-Lalahan/ANKARA Viewed : 841 - Downloaded : 581 This study was carried out to determine some production characteristics of Karagül sheep kept as stock flocks in farmer conditions between 2005-2008 years. Lambing rate, lamb production and litter size were determined as 91 %, 95 % and 1.04, respectively. The differences between 2 years old ewes and the other age groups for lambing rates were significantly important (P<0.05). The survival rates of live born lambs were determined as 96, 94 and 90 % for 90, 120 and 180 days of age, respectively. The least squares means of the live weights of the lambs at birth, 120th and 180th days were 3.13, 22.60 and 24.62 kg, respectively. The means in adult females and males were 42.95 and 48.40 kg for body weights after shearing, 1.84 and 2.19 kg for greasy fleece weights, 37.99 and 38.78 μm (P<0.01) for fiber diameter, 7.13 and 7.43 cm for stable length, respectively. Keywords : Karagül sheep, fertility, growth, survival rate, wool characteristics