The effect of dietary zinc level and source on yearling bull growth and fertility

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dc.contributor.author Arthington, J.D.
dc.contributor.author Johnson, K.R.
dc.contributor.author Corah, L.R.
dc.contributor.author Willms, C.L.
dc.contributor.author Hill, D.A.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-10T19:53:12Z
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dc.date.issued 2010-09-10T19:53:12Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/4884
dc.description.abstract To study the effect of dietary zinc level and source on bull growth and fertility, 325 yearling Angus bulls were allotted by weight into six pens (three pens of heavy and three pens of lightweight bulls). The three supplemental zinc (Zn) treatments were 1) 40 ppm inorganic Zn all supplied by Zn sulfate (ZnI); 2) 40 ppm Zn with 1/3 supplied by Zn proteinate and 2/3 supplied by Zn sulfate (ZnPI); and 3) 60 ppm ZnI all supplied by Zn sulfate (ZnHi). Initial and final liver biopsies (10 per pen) were collected and analyzed for zinc concentration. Individual weights and scrotal circumferences also were recorded at the start and conclusion of the trial. Bull s intended for public sale (n=167) had their semen collected and evaluated for motility and morphological abnormalities. Bulls with percent normal sperm cell counts of less than 70% or with motility scores less than fair (motility scores = poor, fair, good, very good) were considered classification deferred (CD). Following 126 days of treatment, ZnHi bulls had a greater (P=.058) percent change in liver Zn concentration than ZnI, but similar increases to ZnPI. No difference s in bull ADG or percent change in scrotal circumference were detected. ZnPI and ZnHi bulls had a higher (P<.05) percent of normal sperm cells than ZnI bulls. ZnPI and ZnHi treatments had fewer (P<.05) CD bulls than ZnI. In all fertility measures observed , bulls receiving the Zn proteinate/Zn sulfate combination at 40 ppm had improved semen quality when compared to bulls supplemented with 40 ppm Zn sulfate. en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Cattlemen’s Day, 1995 en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station contribution; no. 95-357-S en_US
dc.relation.isPartOf Report of progress (Kansas State University. Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service); 727 en_US
dc.subject Beef en_US
dc.subject Zinc en_US
dc.subject Bull en_US
dc.subject Growth en_US
dc.subject Fertility en_US
dc.title The effect of dietary zinc level and source on yearling bull growth and fertility en_US
dc.type Conference paper en_US
dc.date.published 1995 en_US
dc.citation.epage 110 en_US
dc.citation.spage 109 en_US
dc.description.conference Cattlemen's Day, 1995, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, March 3, 1995 en_US

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