Ruminant faecal fat of tropical sheep

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C. Devendra

Abstract

The daily faecal fat production of indigenous sheep of Malaysia fed a low-fat diet (0.9 per cent ether extract) was found to be 234.0 mg/kg live weight, which compares with 274.7 mg/kg live weight for Barbados Blackbelly sheep. Since both values are higher than those reported for temperate sheep, it is suggested that tropical sheep produce relatively higher faecal fat, mainly of endogenous origin. This point is also consistent with the finding that relatively higher proportions of palmitic and stearic acids were also excreted.

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