One of the major concerns in mutton production is the lower body weight gain in lambs during pre-weaning phase (first 90-100 days). The low plane of nutrition during the early phase of growth in lambs reduces the immunity and increases the susceptibility to diseases resulting in lower body weight gains and high mortality. Low plane of nutrition is mainly due to limited availability of milk as our breeds of sheep have very limited ability to produce sufficient milk to promote optimum growth in twins and triplet lambs. Under field conditions nursing sheep are generally on low plane of nutrition and this is further confounded by the limited ability of the lambs to feed and digest solid feeds during the first 60-80 days due to the under developed digestive system. All these factors additively contribute to the low plane of nutrition in lambs leading to poor health, susceptibility to diseases, low weight gains and mortality in extreme cases.
Supplementary feeding through milk replacer in lambs can address these multiple issues ensuring optimum weight gain and health. Milk replacer is a special feed containing quality ingredients that are highly digestible and designed for supporting the nutritional needs of young nursing lambs in achieving optimum growth and health. Multiple studies on use of milk replacer during pre-weaning phase (first 90-100 days) on research farm at ICAR-NIANP, Bangalore and farmers field at Tumkur district, Karnataka had showed the effectiveness of the milk replacer in promoting the health and growth in lambs.
Taking into consideration the cost of feeding this special diet, duration of feeding and the benefits accrued in terms of improved live weight gain, the cost benefit ratio in monetary terms works out to be 1:1.5. In addition, there are other advantages in terms of better survivability of lambs, health and resistance to disease.
Currently it is priced @ Rs 245/kg and will be supplied against advance payment.
Any enquiry related to commercialization of the product may be made directly to the Director ICAR-NIANP (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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