Performance and carcass traits of Santa Ines pure lambs and crosses with Dorper finished in feedlot

SUMMARY This study evaluated the performance and carcass traits of Santa Ines sheep and crosses weaned at 75 days old and finished in feedlot. Thirty uncastrated sheep, 10 Santa Ines, 10 ½Dorper × ½Santa Ines, and 10 ¾Dorper × ¼Santa Ines were used. The sheep were 82 days old average and 19.40 kg average initial weight. The diet used contained 169.0 g/kg crude protein and 2.80 Mcal/kg DM. No effect of genotype was observed on the performance of lambs, except for the higher final body condition scores achieved by the Dorper crossbreds. The carcasses of the ½Dorper × ½Santa Ines and ¾Dorper × ¼Santa Ines crossbreds lambs had greater rump and loin eye area and higher loin percentage compared to Santa Ines. Carcasses of ¾Dorper × ¼Santa Ines crossbreds lambs had greater chest and anterior width compared to Santa Ines and better carcass conformation and finish compared to other genotypes. Furthermore, the carcasses of Santa Ines and ½Dorper × ½Santa Ines lambs had higher neck percentage compared to carcasses of ¾Dorper × ¼Santa Ines.