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Journal of Animal Science

A R Crane, R R Redden, M L Van Emon, T L Neville, L P Reynolds, J S Caton, C S Schauer
In sheep, embryonic and fetal death during pregnancy can account for 25% to 50% of the total number of corpora lutea (and thus potential embryos). The objective of this study was to determine the effects of injectable and oral Arg supplementation provided for 14 d postbreeding on the reproductive performance of naturally stimulated fall lambing ewes. Rambouillet ewes ( = 210) were exposed to rams equipped with marking harnesses to induce cyclicity in April 2012. Upon estrus detection (d 0) ewes were randomly assigned, in a completely random design, to 1 of 6 treatments for a 14-d treatment period: injectable saline (CON; = 25), injectable Ala (IVALA; = 20), injectable Arg (IVARG; = 23), oral rumen-protected Arg (RPARG; = 20), oral fish meal (FM; = 24), or oral soybean meal (SBM; = 23)...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
J T Richeson, J A Carroll, N C Burdick Sanchez, N D May, H D Hughes, S L Roberts, P R Broadway, K P Sharon, M A Ballou
Our objective was to examine immunosuppression induced by dexamethasone (DEX) administration in cattle on immunological responses to a multivalent respiratory vaccine containing replicating and nonreplicating agents. Steers ( = 32; 209 ± 8 kg) seronegative to infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus (IBRV), bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV), bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV), and parainfluenza-3 virus (PI3V) were stratified by BW and randomly assigned to 1 of 3 treatments: 1) acute immunosuppression (ACU; 0...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
W Powers, M Capelari
Given increased interest by all stakeholders to better understand the contribution of animal agriculture to climate change, it is important that appropriate methodologies be used when measuring greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from animal agriculture. Similarly, a fundamental understanding of the differences between methods is necessary to appropriately compare data collected using different approaches and design meaningful experiments. Sources of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide emissions in animal production systems includes the animals, feed storage areas, manure deposition and storage areas, and feed and forage production fields...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
N Andy Cole, S Radcliff, T J DeVries, A Rotz, D G Ely, F Cardoso
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August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
E G Miller, C L L Levesque, N Trottier, C F M de Lange
Whole-body protein deposition (Pd) is a main determinant of AA requirements of gestating gilts; however, data on the dynamics of Pd is limited. The main objective of this study was to measure whole-body Pd (pregnancy-associated and maternal) during gestation in gilts at 2 feeding levels. Changes in BW and backfat (BF) throughout gestation and subsequent lactation performance were also evaluated. We hypothesized that the effect of feed intake on maternal Pd decreases toward the end of gestation due to increased fetal nutrient demands...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
C Farmer, M Comi, C R A Duarte, M Vignola, P Charagu, M-F Palin
The goal of this project was to determine if different body conditions in late gestation that are due to varying body conditions at mating affect mammary development and mammary gene expression of gilts. Gilts that were fed ad libitum in the growing period were selected based on their backfat depths to form 3 groups at mating, namely, low backfat (LBF; 12-15 mm; = 14), medium backfat (MBF; 17-19 mm; = 15), and high backfat (HBF; 22-26 mm; = 16). During gestation, LBF, MBF, and HBF gilts were fed approximately 1...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
F Wang, D Y Li, Q X Meng
A new apparatus, named Bang-Bang (BB), which can facilitate the in situ nylon bag measurement of ruminal degradation in beef cattle, is described. The BB is an apparatus specially designed as a replacement of the traditional steel chain or flexible plastic tubes for binding the bags used in the in situ nylon bag (ISNB) method. The BB apparatus consists of cylindrical pedestals, sealing clips, nylon string, and nylon bags. A series of in situ rumen incubations using 3 ruminally cannulated beef steers were conducted to compare the BB with the ISNB method by measuring rumen DM degradation kinetics of 12 different feedstuffs commonly offered to beef cattle in China...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
J A Feldpausch, R G Amachawadi, M D Tokach, H M Scott, T G Nagaraja, S S Dritz, R D Goodband, J C Woodworth, J M DeRouchey
A total of 480 pigs (PIC 327 × 1050; initially 48.7 ± 2.3 kg) were used to determine the interactive effects of supplemental Cu, Zn, and ractopamine HCl (RAC) on finishing pig growth performance, carcass characteristics, and antimicrobial susceptibility of enteric bacteria. Treatments were arranged in a 2 × 2 × 2 factorial with the main effects of added Cu (CuSO; 0 vs. 125 mg/kg Cu), Zn (ZnO; 0 vs. 150 mg/kg Zn), and RAC (0 vs. 10 mg/kg during the last 28 d prior to marketing). All diets contained 11 mg/kg Cu and 73 mg/kg Zn from the trace mineral premix...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
S A Zinn, S L Ivey, D L Lalman, N M Long, R A Zinn
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
S B Liu, Y X Hu, X D Liao, L Lu, S F Li, L Y Zhang, H Z Tan, L Yang, H Q Suo, X G Luo
Two experiments were conducted using 22-d-old Arbor Acres male broilers to study the kinetics of inorganic P absorption and the effect of P treatment on Type IIb sodium-phosphate cotransporter (NaP-IIb) mRNA and protein levels in ligated segments from different intestinal regions. In Exp. 1, the P absorption in different small intestinal segments at different postperfusion times (0, 2.5, 5, 10, 20, or 40 min) were compared. In Exp. 2, different small intestinal loops were perfused with solutions containing 0, 1...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
S Saed Samii, N Wallace, T G Nagaraja, M A Engstrom, M D Miesner, C K Armendariz, E C Titgemeyer
Previous in vitro data showed that was inhibited by limonene. We further evaluated effects of limonene on growth of in vitro as well as on ruminal concentrations of in vivo. With in vitro cultivation in anaerobic brain-heart infusion broth, limonene decreased growth of . Thymol also reduced growth of , but it was less effective than limonene. Tylosin effectively reduced growth of in vitro. Although the response over fermentation times and concentrations of antimicrobials differed somewhat between tylosin and limonene, the 2 antimicrobial agents yielded similar inhibitory effects on growth of at concentrations ranging from 6 to 24 mg/L...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
G E Simon, B R Hoar, C B Tucker
Epidemiological studies can be used to identify risk factors for livestock welfare concerns but have not been conducted in the cow-calf sector for this purpose. The objectives of this study were to investigate the relationships of 1) herd-level management, facilities, and producer perspectives with cattle health and behavior and stockperson handling and 2) stockperson handling on cattle behavior at the individual cow level. Cow ( = 3,065) health and behavior and stockperson handling during a routine procedure (e...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
G Caja, E Díaz-Medina, A A K Salama, O A E Salama, M H El-Shafie, H A El-Metwaly, M Ayadi, R S Aljumaah, M A Alshaikh, M H Yahyahoui, M M Seddik, M Hammadi, T Khorchani, O Amann, S Cabrera
The camel industry uses traditional (i.e., iron brands and ear tags) and modern (i.e., microchips) identification (ID) systems without having performance results of reference. Previously iron-branded ( = 45; 1 yr) and microchipped ( = 59; 7 yr) camels showed problems of healing (8.6% of brands) and reading (only 42.9% of brands and 69.5% of microchips were readable), which made their use inadvisable. With the aim of proposing suitable ID systems for different farming conditions, an on-field study was performed using a total of 528 dromedaries at 4 different locations (Egypt, = 83; Spain, = 304; Saudi Arabia, = 90; and Tunisia, = 51)...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
H Rajaei Sharifabadi, A A Naserian, R Valizadeh, M R Nassiry, W G Bottje, R R Redden
Two experiments were conducted to evaluate the effect of moderate feed restriction on productivity of lambs classified on the basis of phenotypic expression of residual feed intake (RFI). In Exp. 1, 58 fat-tailed Kurdi ram lambs (32.1 ± 4.2 kg BW) were individually fed, ad libitum, a pelleted diet (35% alfalfa hay and 65% concentrate). Feed intake and ADG were determined for a 6-wk period and 3 feed efficiency measures including RFI, G:F, and partial efficiency of maintenance (PEM) were calculated. The lambs were sorted based on RFI and the 16 highest RFI (RFI ≥ mean + 0...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
M S Oliveira, H H Stein
Three experiments were conducted to determine standardized ileal digestibility (SID) of CP and AA, DE and ME, and apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD) and standardized total tract digestibility (STTD) of P in a new source of soy protein concentrate (SPC) and in soybean meal (SBM). In Exp. 1, 9 barrows (initial BW: 13.08 ± 1.98 kg) were prepared with a T-cannula in the distal ileum and allotted to a triplicated 3 × 3 Latin square design with 3 diets and 3 periods. A nitrogen-free diet and 2 diets that contained corn starch and SPC or SBM as the sole source of CP and AA were formulated...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
P R Chen, K Lee
With the increasing demand for affordable, high-quality meat, livestock and poultry producers must continually find ways to maximize muscle growth in their animals without compromising palatability of the meat products. Muscle mass relies on myoblast proliferation during prenatal or prehatch stages and fiber hypertrophy through protein synthesis and nuclei donation by satellite cells after birth or hatch. Therefore, understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of myogenesis and muscle development is of great interest...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
G Daş, A Vernunft, S Görs, E Kanitz, J M Weitzel, K-P Brüssow, C C Metges
Physiological research with swine often includes sedation or general anesthesia (GA), which may influence the basal physiological responses of experimental animals and may have the potential to confound or interfere with the effects of experimental factors of interest. Using 6 adult female pigs, we investigated whether selected plasma metabolites and hormones are influenced by GA induced with ketamine (K) and 2 neuroleptic sedatives, namely azaperone (A) and xylazine (X). Fasted pigs rotationally received either no drug, a single intravenous administration of A or X, or A or X combined with ketamine (AK or XK, respectively), and plasma concentrations of glucose, lactate, non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA), triglycerides (TG), glucagon, insulin, and cortisol were determined for a 5-h period following administration...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
P Deng, P L Utterback, C M Parsons, L Hancock, K S Swanson
A wide variety of animal protein-based ingredients is commonly used in the pet food products. The raw ingredients and processing procedures used may greatly affect protein quality. Testing the quality of alternative protein sources is necessary and contributes to the sustainability of pet foods. The objective of this study was to test the chemical composition of 8 protein sources intended for use in dog and cat foods (calamari meal, pork peptone, alligator meal, lamb meal, venison meal, chicken meal, and 2 duck meals), and evaluate their true nutrient digestibility and nitrogen-corrected true ME (TMEn) using the precision-fed cecectomized rooster assay...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
D W Gowalock, D C Mahan, R S Samuel
An experiment was conducted to determine 1) the length of time necessary for grower pigs to adjust to a new diet and 2) the consistency in excretion of urine and feces in 4 consecutive 5-d collection periods. The total tract excretion and digestibility values for Ca, P, and the essential microminerals were evaluated. The experiment was conducted in 6 replicates as a randomized complete block design. Pigs were fed a pretest diet from 20 to 40 kg BW that met the requirements. At 40 kg, 12 barrows were allotted to stainless-steel metabolism crates, where they continued being fed the pretest diet for a 7-d period for adjustment purposes...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
W H Hendriks, E J Bakker, G Bosch
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August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
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