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Net mineral requirements for growth of Saanen goat kids in early life are similar among genders

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Mendonca, A. N. ; Harter, C. J. ; Souza, S. F. ; Oliveira, D. ; Boaventura Neto, O. ; Biagioli, B. ; Resende, K. T. ; Teixeira, I. A. M. A.
Total Authors: 8
Document type: Journal article
Source: JOURNAL OF ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY AND ANIMAL NUTRITION; v. 101, n. 1, p. 113-120, FEB 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 5

The current mineral requirements for growing goat kids are based on sheep and cattle studies without differentiating between the stages of development or gender. The aims of this study were to determine the net requirements for growth of Ca, P, Mg, Na and K of Saanen goat kids during the initial stages of growth and to analyse the effect of gender on the net requirements for growth of these macrominerals. Eighteen female, 19 intact male and 10 castrated male Saanen goat kids were studied. The kids were selected applying a completely randomized design and slaughtered when their body weight (BW) reached approximately 5, 10 and 15 kg to determine the mineral requirements for growth at these stages. The net mineral requirements for growth were similar among genders. The goat kids had slightly increased net requirements of Ca, P and Mg for growth with increasing BW from 5 to 15 kg. The net requirements for growth of Ca, P, Mg, Na and K ranged from 9.61 to 9.67 g/kg of BW gain, 7.14 to 7.56 g/kg of BW gain, 0.34 to 0.37 g/kg of BW gain, 1.26 to 1.13 g/kg of BW gain, 1.88 to 1.82 g/kg of BW gain as the animals grew from 5 to 15 kg respectively. In conclusion, when formulating diets for Saanen goat kids in early growth stage mineral levels do not need to adjusted based on gender. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 08/58351-5 - Metabolism, nutritional, requirements and carcass traits of growing goats
Grantee:Kléber Tomás de Resende
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 13/04758-5 - Development of models for predicting the nutritional requirements of pregnant goats
Grantee:Carla Joice Härter
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate