The effect of restricted suckling on productive performance, carcass traits, meat quality and skeletal development of growing lambs was studied. Twenty-one naturally suckled male Comisana lambs were divided into three equal weight groups differing in suckling management systems: (1) only maternal milk (C); (2) only maternal milk until 15th day of age, and then, till slaughter, maternal milk, concentrate and Lucerne hay ad libitum (T1); (3) only maternal milk until 15th day of age, and then from 16th to 30th days of age, maternal milk, concentrate and Lucerne hay ad libitum, and, from 31st day of age till slaughter, only concentrate and Lucerne hay ad libitum (T2). The total mean milk yield was 22.7 and 41.6 kg per ewe for T1 and T2, respectively. Restricted suckling did not significantly affect slaughter weight, hot and cold carcass weights, carcass shrink losses, pH, colour and area of Longissimus muscle, pelvic limb, or bone characteristics. Suckling management system significantly affected ADG, milk intake, dressing percentage, and percentages of intestine, stomach, offal, kidney fat, shoulder, lean and fat, and there were differences in total collagen, and hydroxylysylpyridinoline crosslink concentrations. In addition, different IMC maturity among the muscles was apparent.