Effects of protein supplementation on the consumption of salt cedar in goats.

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Title: Effects of protein supplementation on the consumption of salt cedar in goats.
Author: Garcia, Ruben A.
Abstract: Saltcedar (Tamarix ramosissima Ledeb . ) has encroached upon many Texas riparian and floodplain areas , causing decreases in water quality and plant /animal diversity . The objectives of this study were to determine if (1 ) goats would increase consumption of salt cedar , and (2 ) if protein supplementation improved salt cedar intake . Goats (n=20 ) were randomly selected and divided into 2 separate treatments . Treatment 1 was supplemented daily with a 37 % crude protein ration and Treatment 2 (control group ) was not supplemented . All treatments were given a basal ration of alfalfa (2 .5 % BW ) and offered salt cedar . Salt cedar intake increased (P <0 .05 ) on a daily basis in both treatments . Protein supplementation did not affect salt cedar intake . Alfalfa intake was similar between treatments . Both treatments gained weight during the study . Collectively , the results of this study suggest that goats will readily consume salt cedar , and protein supplementation has little apparent effect on salt cedar intake .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 .1 /18
Date: 2011-05-25

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Garcia, Ruben A. Effects of protein supplementation on the consumption of salt cedar in goats.. Master's thesis, Angelo State University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 .1 /18 .

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