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Effect of undegradable protein concentration in the post-weaning diet on body growth and reproductive development of Assaf rams

AuthorsFernández Gutiérrez, Miguel ; Giráldez, Francisco Javier ; Frutos, Pilar ; Hervás, Gonzalo ; Mantecón, Ángel R.
Protein supply
Semen quality
Issue Date2005
CitationTheriogenology 63(8): 2206-2218 (2005)
AbstractTwenty-four growing Assaf lambs, divided into four groups of six animals, were used to study the effect of the undegradable protein content of the post-weaning diet on feed intake, body growth and reproductive development. From week 1 to week 21, the four groups were fed ad libitum as follows: group LL was given barley straw and low protein concentrate (LP); group HH was given barley straw and high protein concentrate (HP); group LH was given barley straw and LP concentrate from week 1 to 11 (period 1) and barley straw and HP concentrate from week 12 to 21 (period 2); group HL was given barley straw and HP concentrate in period 1 and barley straw and LP concentrate in period 2. From week 22 to week 26 (period 3), all animals received the same amount of hay and LP concentrate. Barley straw intake was not significantly (P > 0.05) affected by dietary treatments. In the 1st period, average concentrate intake and live body weight gain (LWG) were greater in lambs fed HP than LP supplement. In the 2nd period, concentrate intake was not significantly (P>0.05) affected by type of supplement, but LWG was greater for lambs fed HP than LP supplement. Scrotal circumference in week 11 was significantly (P<0.05) lower in lambs fed LP supplement than in lambs fed HP supplement. No significant differences (P>0.05) due to dietary treatments were observed on scrotal circumference in weeks 21 and 25. Dietary treatments had no significant (P>0.05) effect on either circulating concentration of testosterone or ejaculate characteristics. In conclusion, results from this study suggest that supplementing diets with undegradable protein enhanced performance throughout the breeding period and accelerated testis growth. Nevertheless, final testis size, pattern of circulating testosterone and sperm output were unaffected by dietary treatments.
Description13 pages, 1 figure, 4 tables.-- PMID: 15826684 [PubMed].-- Online version available Nov 26, 2004.
Previously published as proceeding: XXXI Jornadas de Estudio AIDA(VIII Jornadas sobre Producción Animal). ITEA Vol. Extra 20, Tomo II, 594-596 (Zaragoza, Spain, May 11-13, 1999). https://digital.csic.es/handle/10261/14911
Previously published as proceeding at the XXXI Jornadas de Estudio AIDA (VIII Jornadas sobre Producción Animal). ITEA Vol. Extra 20, Tomo II, 591-593 (Zaragoza, Spain, May 11-13, 1999). https://digital.csic.es/handle/14914
Publisher version (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.theriogenology.2004.09.049
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