Energy and protein requirements of growing Pelibuey sheep under tropical conditions estimated from a literature database analyses Academic Article uri icon


  • Data from previous studies were used to estimate the metabolizable energy and protein requirements for maintenance and growth and basal metabolism energy requirement of male Pelibuey sheep under tropical conditions were estimated. In addition, empty body weight and mature weight of males and female Pelibuey sheep were also estimated. Basal metabolism energy requirements were estimated with the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System - Sheep (CNCPS-S) model using the a1 factor of the maintenance equation. Mature weight was estimated to be 69 kg for males and 45 kg for females. Empty body weight was estimated to be 81% of live weight. Metabolizable energy and protein requirements for growth were 0.106 Mcal MEm/kg LW0.75 and 2.4 g MP/kg LW0.75 for males. The collected information did not allowed appropriate estimation of female requirements. The basal metabolism energy requirement was estimated to be 0.039 Mcal MEm/kg LW0.75. Energy requirements for basal metabolism were lower in Pelibuey sheep than those reported for wool breeds even though their total requirements were similar.

published proceedings

  • Tropical and Subtropical Agroecosystems

author list (cited authors)

  • Duarte-Vera, F., Sandoval-Castro, C. A., Sarmiento-Franco, L. A., Tedeschi, L. O., & Santos-Ricalde, R.

complete list of authors

  • Duarte-Vera, F||Sandoval-Castro, CA||Sarmiento-Franco, LA||Tedeschi, LO||Santos-Ricalde, R

publication date

  • January 2012