C. Pascal

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RESEARCHES REGARDING THE MEAT APTITUDES OF SHEEP YOUTH FROM ROMANIAN INDIGENOUS BREEDS

C. Pascal, S.V. Dărăban, I. Pădeanu

Abstract
In this paper we studied the behaviour of the lambs in the fattening process, depending on breed, variety and gender. Concerning the daily weight gain, we noticed that the highest values were obtained by the Ţigaie group, meaning 140 g at males and 123 g at females. The lowest values were met in the case of the Ţurcană group in its white variety, meaning 116 g at males and 108 g at females. The dressing percentage was of 44.3% for males and of 39.9% for females at Ţigaie breed and of 42.8% for males and 39.2% for females at Ţurcană breed (black variety), while at Ţurcană breed (grey variety), it reached 42.2% for males and 38.8% for females.

Key words: local sheep, meat, carcasses, Romanian breeds