Feeding specific amino acids to increase redberry juniper consumption by goats

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Feeding specific amino acids to increase redberry juniper consumption by goats

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dc.contributor.advisor Scott, Cody B.
dc.contributor.author Steel, Diana
dc.contributor.other Angelo State University. Department of Agriculture.
dc.creator Steele, Diana Kay
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-06T19:41:25Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-06T19:41:25Z
dc.date.created 2012-05-01
dc.date.issued 2012-05-12
dc.date.submitted 2012-06-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2346.1/30002
dc.description.abstract Redberry juniper (Juniperus pinchotii Sudw.) is a chemically defended, invasive brush species in western states. Previous research has demonstrated that goats supplemented with escape protein sources will consume a higher volume of juniper. In this study I attempted to increase the intake of juniper by recently weaned, Boer-Spanish cross goats (n = 30) by randomly placing them into four treatments and a control, and supplementing each treatment group with one of the following amino acids: arginine, proline, leucine, and glutamine. Treatments did not have a significant effect on juniper intake (P > 0.05). All goats increased intake over time (P > 0.05). Goats exhibited significant weight gain over the course of the study (P < 0.05). Blood serum metabolites were within normal limits. Future studies on escape protein supplementation may provide a better understanding of small ruminant physiology in relationship to intake of juniper. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Redberry juniper en_US
dc.subject Juniperus pinchotii en_US
dc.subject Boer-Spanish cross en_US
dc.subject goats en_US
dc.subject amino acids en_US
dc.title Feeding specific amino acids to increase redberry juniper consumption by goats en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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dc.type.genre Thesis
thesis.degree.name M.S.
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Animal Science
thesis.degree.grantor Angelo State University
thesis.degree.department Department of Agriculture
dc.contributor.committeeMember Salisbury, Michael W.
dc.contributor.committeeMember Whitney, Travis R.
dc.contributor.committeeMember Russell, Connie

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