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Performance, intake and feed efficiency of Nellore young bulls housed in individual or group pens / Desempenho, consumo e eficiência alimentar de bovinos Nelore confinados em baias individuais ou coletivas

Lasmar Guimarães, André; Matos Ceacero, Thaís; Angelo Baldassini, Welder; Martins Pivaro, Thiago; Galvão de Albuquerque, Lucia; Eugênia Zerlotti Mercadante, Maria.
B. Indústr. Anim.; 71: 68-68, 2014.
Artigo em Inglês | VETINDEX | ID: vti-468080


Feed is the most expensive input in any livestock production system including beef cattle, therefore feed efficiency improvements can contribute to cost reduction. Residual feed intake (RFI) is one of the important measures of animal efficiency and can be defined as the difference between actual feed intake (measure at individual or group pens) and predicted feed intake that is required for the observed rate of gain and body weight (BW). The objective here was to evaluate the housing type (individual or group) on variation of traits such as dry matter intake (DMI, kg/d and %BW), average daily gain (ADG), RFI and gain:feed (G:F) in a dataset of Nellore young bulls obtained from performance tests of 83±16 days long after adaptation period, conducted between 2007 and 2013. The animals (273 ± 27 days of age at the beginning of the test) were obtained from selected, traditional and control Nellore lines of Instituto de Zootecnia. The animals were housed in individuals pens (IP) (2007-2012) or group pens (GP) (2012-2013) equipped with the GrowSafe® system (voluntary intake calculated automatically by the system). In IP, animals were fed twice a day and had water available all the time. Voluntary food intake was calculated as the difference between supplied and refused food. Leftovers were collected daily, weighed, and then adjusted to correspond to 10% of the total supplied. A mixed
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Biblioteca responsável: BR68.1