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Influence of reactivity in residual feed intake classification in beef catlle / Influência da reatividade na classificação do consumo alimentar residual em bovinos de corte

Aldrighi, Julian; Helena Branco, Renata; Magnani, Elaine; Sannomiya Sakamoto, Leandro; Luiz Grion, André; Ferreira do Nascimento, Cleisy; Eugenia Zerlotti Mercadante, Maria.
B. Indústr. Anim.; 69: 12-12, 2012.
Artigo em Português | VETINDEX-Express | ID: vti-468010


The reactivity is an important behavioral trait that is directly linked to the economic characteristics of beef. Less reactive animals have better performance and efficiency, thus, this study aimed to evaluate the influence of reactivity in the animals´ classification for residual feed intake (RFI). The study was conducted at Centro APTA Bovinos de Corte Instituto de Zootecnia -Sertãozinho/SP. Sixty males belonging to the Traditional Nelore herd were classified into high (> mean + 0.5 SD, n = 21), medium (±0.5 SD from mean, n = 20) and low RFI ( mean - 0.5 SD, n = 19) . The animals had, on average, 256 kg and 264 days, respectively, for weight and age. They were housed in individual pens for 112 days, being 28 for adaptation to facilities and diet and 84 days for data collection. The diet was composed by Brachiaria hay, corn, cottonseed meal and mineral supplement and was offered to the animals twice a day, with ad libitum access to diet and water. The RFI was calculated as the difference between observed and predicted intake by a multiple regression equation, which considers the average daily gain and metabolic body weight. To measure the temperament, blood samples were collected from the animals´ jugular vein and analyzed to quantify serum levels of cortisol. The composite score (CS) was done by a trained observer, giving scores from 1 to 5 for the general movement of
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Biblioteca responsável: BR68.1