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Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

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CARVALHO, S. et al. Productive characteristics of lambs finished in feedlot fed different levels of soybean soapstock. Arq. Bras. Med. Vet. Zootec. [online]. 2014, vol.66, n.1, pp.259-267. ISSN 0102-0935.

We evaluated the nutrient intake, weight gain, carcass characteristics and the non carcass components of lambs in feedlot finishing diets containing increasing levels of soybean soapstock . We used 25 male lambs , castrated Texel , randomly distributed into five treatments consisting of proporti ons of 0 %, 2 . 89 %, 5. 77 %, 8 . 6 5 % or 11 .55 % of soybean soapstock i n the dry matter this diets. Linear reduction of nutrient intake was observed , with the exception of the consumption of ether extract , which increased linearly. The live weight at slaughter , th e daily weight gain , the weights and yields from hot and cold carcass and the weights of hindquarter and rib decreased linearly , while the p roportions of rumen and gastrointestinal tract, full and gastrointestinal tract content increased in a linear way as it increased the proportion of level this soybean soapstock in the diet. The proportion of hindquarter varied in a quadratic way. The increase in soybean soapstock in the diet of lambs in confinement system leads to decrease in productive performance of a nimals. However, the daily profit obtained per animal is not affected, and we may infer that the inclusion of soybean soapstock to the level of 11.55% of the total dry matter of the diet is a viable alternative to termination of feedlot lambs.

Keywords : sheep; carcass; meat.

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