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Åström, Sofia, 2010. Urea som kvävekälla till växande ungnöt . First cycle, G2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Animal Nutrition and Management (until 231231)



The purpose of this study was to examine whether urea could be an option as a nitrogen source for young cattle, the study was limited to risks related to feeding, growth and feed efficiency. Microbes in ruminants have the ability to convert nitrogen to protein, this has been highlighted by beef producers as they are in search of cheap protein feed resources. Urea can be a worthy source of nitrogen for growing young animals, because of its high nitrogen content and the low price. Studies have shown that the replacement of a portion of the total protein content by urea in diets with low content of crude protein, like corn silage, may improve animal growth and feed efficiency. Replacement of all the true protein with urea can result in reduced feed intake and microbial growth. It´s probably because urea only supply ammonia nitrogen and not the important bacterial growth factors such as amino acids, peptides and branched chain fatty acids that microbes require for efficient protein production. There are also risks related to the feeding of urea, ammonia poisoning and feed refusal may occur at irregular involvement in the feed, and too little carbohydrate relative to protein in the rations. The use of products, such as slow release urea, which release ammonia at a slower rate and more synchronized with the degradation of carbohydrates in the rumen can improve the overall efficiency of nitrogen but also reduce the toxicity risk of urea feeding.

Main title:Urea som kvävekälla till växande ungnöt
Authors:Åström, Sofia
Supervisor:Olsson, Ingemar
Examiner:Bertilsson, Jan
Series:Examensarbete / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för husdjurens utfodring och vård
Volume/Sequential designation:309
Year of Publication:2010
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:VY001 Agricultural Science Programme - Animal Science 270 HEC
Supervising department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Nutrition and Management (until 231231)
Keywords:Ungnöt, Kvävekälla, Urea, Foder
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Animal physiology - Nutrition
Animal feeding
Deposited On:30 Jun 2010 12:04
Metadata Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 14:14

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