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MENEZES, L.F. de O. et al. Performance of suplemented Santa Inês sheep in three grasses grazed during the dry season. Arch. zootec. [online]. 2010, vol.59, n.226, pp.299-302. ISSN 1885-4494.

The performance of Santa Inês sheep on three tropical grasses (A. gayanus Kunth. cv. Planaltina, P. maximum Jacq. cv. Aruana and P. maximum Jacq. cv. Tanzânia), and rotational grazing with an occupation period of 14 days and fixed stocking rate of 22 animals/ha, was evaluated in the dry season. The experimental period was 82 days, and the individual performance of 11 lambs on each treatment was measured. With the progression of the dry season, increasing levels of concentrate supplementation was used (300, 400 and 500 g/animal/day for each of the three treatments). Samples of grass leaf blades were taken each 14 days, and bromatological analysis carried out. The weight of animals, measured each 14 days, was used to calculate average dairy gain (GMD), final weight (PF), accumulated gain (GAC) and body condition (CC). The treatments Aruana and Tanzânia showed highest (p<0.05) GMD, respectively with 93.6 and 92.0 g/animal/day, not differing between each other (p>0.05). The animals on Andropogon pasture showed a mean weight gain of 35.6 g/animal/day. For PF, GAC and CC the treatments Aruana and Tanzânia showed the best results (p<0.05), when compared with Andro-pogon. The forage Aruana and Tanzânia, caused better performance in sheep during the dry season compared to Andropogon.

Keywords : Andropogon; Aruana; Tanzania; Finishing.

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