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Asian Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 4 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 52-59
DOI: 10.3923/ajava.2009.52.59
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General Performance of Growing Shami Kids Fed High Energy and Protected Methionine

M. Abdelrahman

This experiment was carried out to evaluate the effect of high dietary energy and protected methionine (Smartamine)TM on the growth, feed intake and efficiency and mineral concentrations in blood serum and tissues of shami kids during finishing stage. Fifteen growing shami kids (3 to 4 month old) were distributed equally to three treatments groups as follow: Control (NRC requirements); T1 (High energy 3.0 Mcal ME kg-1) and T2 (high energy 3.0 Mcal ME kg-1 and 5 g/head/day methionine as Smartamine). Treatment causes a significant change (p<0.05) on monthly and overall weight gain. Feeding shami kids high energy significantly increased weight gain, lower feed intake and consequently improve feed conversion. A significantly lower concentrate and alfalfa hay intake were reported in Shami kids fed high energy and protected methionine (T2) when compared with kids from the control and T1. Moreover, dressing and tissues percentages were not significantly affected (p>0.05) by treatment, except testicales which was significantly reduced in kids from T2. Magnesium and Cu concentrations in meat were significantly increased (p<0.05) in kids fed high energy and methionine when compared with the control. On the other hand, the inorganic matter percentages were significantly reduced with feeding high energy (T1) and high energy with methionine (T2) when compared with the control group. In conclusion, feeding shami kid during the finishing period with high levels of energy improves the total weight gain and total feed conversion. Furthermore, methionine supplementation as Smartamine didn′t affect shami kids performance, which means the energy requirements by Shami kids during finishing period is above the recommended levels in NRC for goats.
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How to cite this article:

M. Abdelrahman , 2009. General Performance of Growing Shami Kids Fed High Energy and Protected Methionine. Asian Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 4: 52-59.

DOI: 10.3923/ajava.2009.52.59






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