Feeding specific amino acids to increase redberry juniper consumption by goats

dc.contributor.advisorScott, Cody B.
dc.contributor.authorSteele, Diana
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSalisbury, Micheal W.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberWhitney, Travis R.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberRussell, Connie
dc.contributor.otherAngelo State University. Department of Agriculture.
dc.creatorSteele, Diana Kay
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-06T19:41:25Z
dc.date.accessioned2018-02-16T18:45:17Z
dc.date.available2012-06-06T19:41:25Z
dc.date.available2018-02-16T18:45:17Z
dc.date.created2012-05-01
dc.date.issued2012-05-12
dc.date.submitted2012-06-06
dc.description.abstractRedberry 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.
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2346.1/30002
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectRedberry juniper
dc.subjectJuniperus pinchotii
dc.subjectBoer-Spanish cross
dc.subjectgoats
dc.subjectamino acids
dc.titleFeeding specific amino acids to increase redberry juniper consumption by goats
dc.typeThesis
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