Feeding specific amino acids to increase redberry juniper consumption by goats

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Title: Feeding specific amino acids to increase redberry juniper consumption by goats
Author: Steel, Diana
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 .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 .1 /30002
Date: 2012-05-12

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Steel, Diana Feeding specific amino acids to increase redberry juniper consumption by goats. Master's thesis, Angelo State University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 .1 /30002 .

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