0.857
IF5
0.900
IF
Q3
JCR
0.92
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0.405
SJR
Q2
SJR
20
MNiSW
165.24
ICV
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Phytoestrogen content of subterranean clover related to ewe growth and reproduction

V. Pace 1  ,  
K. Carbone 1,  
F. Spirito 1,  
G. M. Terzano 2,  
M. Verna 1,  
 
1
Department of Animal Feeding and Nutrition, Istituto Sperimentale per la Zootecnia, Via Salaria, 31-00016, Monterotondo (Roma), Italy
2
Department of Animal Reproduction, Istituto Sperimentale per la Zootecnia, Via Salaria, 31-00016, Monterotondo (Roma), Italy ABSTRACT
J. Anim. Feed Sci. 2004;13(Suppl. 1):547–550
Publish date: 2004-08-30
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ABSTRACT:
24 Comisana ewes were fed on subterranean clover (SC, phytoestrogen content = 0.794 mg/g of DM) or Italian ryegrass (IR) for one year to verify the effects of a prolonged ingestion of phytoestrogens on growth rate and reproduction. The animal initial weights were: SC=25.3 kg ± 2.99 and IR=24.7 kg ± 3.83, respectively. Differences on growth became evident after one month of feeding; after 170 days ewe weights were 47.5±3.43 vs 41.1±4.35 kg (P≤0.01) and ADG was 145.5 g/d vs 107.2 g/d (P≤0.001). No differences were recorded on the onset of puberty and on lamb births: 14 for SC group (LW=4.83 kg) and 15 for IR (4.36 kg).
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
V. Pace   
Department of Animal Feeding and Nutrition, Istituto Sperimentale per la Zootecnia, Via Salaria, 31-00016, Monterotondo (Roma), Italy
ISSN:1230-1388