publication . Other literature type . 2012

FACTORS AFFECTING VARIABILITY OF UDDER MORPHOLOGY TRAITS OF SHEEP

Prpić, Zoran; Mioč, Boro; Vnučec, Ivan; Pavić, Vesna; Konjačić, Miljenko;
Open Access Croatian
  • Published: 01 Jan 2012 Journal: Stočarstvo : Časopis za unapređenje stočarstva, volume 66, issue 4 (issn: 0351-0832, eissn: 1848-9044, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Croatian society of agronomist
Abstract
Until recently, selection of dairy sheep breeds was focused almost exclusively on increasing the amount of milk produced and so today they produce several times more milk than breeds selected for meat and wool. However, due to the permanent striving for increasing sheep milk production udder weight becomes too great, and suspensory system can not withstand this overweight so it ruptures more often. That significantly shortens the duration of animal’s production life and adversely affects udder suitability for machine milking. Therefore, there is an increasing interest in adding a so-called functional udder traits in sheep breeding programs recently, such as udde...
Subjects
free text keywords: ovčje mlijeko; mliječna žlijezda; mužnja; pasmina; laktacija, ewe milk; mammary gland; milking; breed; lactation period
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