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Macromineral requeriments of Saanen goat kids of different sexes

Grant number: 14/25629-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): May 15, 2015
Effective date (End): October 15, 2015
Field of knowledge:Agronomical Sciences - Animal Husbandry - Animal Nutrition and Feeding
Principal Investigator:Kléber Tomás de Resende
Grantee:José Maurício dos Santos Neto
Supervisor: Luis Orlindo Tedeschi
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias (FCAV). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Jaboticabal. Jaboticabal , SP, Brazil
Research place: Texas A&M University, United States  
Associated to the scholarship:14/07327-8 - Macrominerals requirements for gain in Saanen goat kids of different sexes, BP.MS


Little is known about the macromineral requirements of goats and there are no publications which compare the requirements among different sexes. In this sense, the objective of internship abroad is to estimate Ca, P, Mg, Na and K requirements for maintenance and gain of intact male, castrated male and female Saanen goat kids. The growth requirements will be estimated using data from Fapesp project (2014/07327-8) and different models will be evaluated. The linear allometric equations will be used to predict macromineral concentration of the empty body weight (EBW) (kg) through of the logarithms of allometric equations recommended by ARC (1980). To innovate in the data analysis, the macromineral concentration of the EBW will be estimated using non-linear equations. A linear regression of the retained minerals (Ca, P, Mg, K and Na; g of mineral/kg of EBW) in the body tissue on mineral intake (g of mineral/kg of EBW) will be used to calculate the net mineral requirements for maintenance. In addition, the graduate student will follow the activities developed by foreign team, which will contribute for learning of different methodologies from those found in Brazil, contributing for human resources formation of quality. At the end of the internship abroad, the graduate student will have written and submitted a scientific paper, contributing to visibility and impact of the Brazilian science. The internship abroad will be developed at Texas A&M University located in the United States of America, under the supervision of professor Dr. Luis O. Tedeschi, from March to September 2015. (AU)

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