Document Type : Research Paper
Associate Professor, Animal Science Research Department, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Agricultural and Natural Resources Research Center, AREEO, Shahrekord, Iran
Instructor, Animal Science Research Department, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Agricultural and Natural Resources Research Center, AREEO, Shahrekord, Iran
This study was conducted to investigate the performance of growth and carcass traits of Lori-Bakhtiari (L), Romanov×Lori-Bakhtiari (F1RL), Pakistani×Lori-Bakhtiari (F1PL), (Pakistani×Lori-Bakhtiari)×(Romanov×Lori-Bakhtiari) (¼P¼R½L) and (Romanov×Lori-Bakhtiari)×(Romanov×Lori-Bakhtiari) (F2RL) crossbred lambs. Carcass characteristics of Lori-Bakhtiari (n=50), F1RL (n=41) and F2RL (n=20) crossbred lambs. Lambs were weaned at the age of 90 ± 5 days. Lambs were slaughtered at six month of age. Birth weight in Lori-Bakhtiari (5.12 kg) was significantly (P<0.05) higher than in Romanov (4.81 kg) and Pakistani (4.57 kg) crossbred. Weaning weight and body weight in six months were significantly higher (P<0.05) in Romanov × Lori-Bakhtiari crossbred lambs (30.96 and 42.75, respectively) than in Lori-Bakhtiari (28.81 and 41.69, respectively) and others genetic compositions. F1RL and F2RL crossbred lambs for lean percentage were significantly (P<0.05) higher than in Lori-Bakhtiari lambs in constant age (59.57, 60.57 and 50.03, repectively) and in constant weight (60.99, 59.24 and 49.56, repectively). Weight and percentage of total fat of carcass in Lori-Bakhtiari lambs (7.56 kg, 31.57% in constant age 6.65 kg, 30.46% in constant weight, repectively) were significantly (P<0.05) higher than of F1RL (4.25 kg, 20.91% and 4.30 kg, 20.08%, repectively) and F2RL (2.95 kg, 17.97% and 5.12 kg, 22.46%, repectively) lambs. In conclusion, crossbreeding between Romanov and Lori-Bakhtiari (F1) improves body weight at weaning and at six months of age, and carcass composition.