The effect of feeding ewe lambs a 15% tarbush (<i>Flourensia cernua</i> DC) pellet pre- and post-weaning on the subsequent diet selection of tarbush

TitleThe effect of feeding ewe lambs a 15% tarbush (Flourensia cernua DC) pellet pre- and post-weaning on the subsequent diet selection of tarbush
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsFredrickson E.L., Estell R.E., Havstad K, Shupe, W. Larry, Murray L.W.
JournalJournal of Arid Environments
Volume44
Pagination123-131
Date PublishedJanuary 1, 2000
ARIS Log Number105909
Keywordsewe lambs, Flourensia cernua, post-weaning, pre-weaning, tarbush
Abstract

The shrub Flourensia cernua (tarbush) has rapidly increased in dominance within Chihuahuan Desert grasslands, and is comparable to alfalfa in nutrient density. Increasing tarbush in livestock diets may improve diet quality, while decreasing tarbush dominance. We determined dietary preference for tarbush by sheep and the effect of previous exposure on preference. Thirty-eight ewe lambs received either tarbush or alfalfa in sorghum-based pellet 120 days postparturition; after which, dietary preference was assessed. Previous exposure averted lambs from tarbush consumption. Lambs without previous exposure maintained greater intakes initially, but declined with time. This decline corresponds with onset of tarbush toxicosis.

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DOI10.1006/jare.1999.0571