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Compensatory Growth: A New Production Concept?

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Title: Compensatory Growth: A New Production Concept?
Author: Johnson, R. L.; Sell, J. L.
Description: Compensatory growth or compensatory gains may be described as an increased growth rate in one time period as a direct result of a growth restriction imposed during an earlier time period. These growth restrictions could be the result of disease, environmental influences, a lack of adequate nutrition or an combination of these factors. Some animals possess compensatory growth capabilities. This paper reviews the results of a series of experimental trials designed to determine the effects of feeding diets restricted in protein from 10 days to 8 weeks of age on subsequent rate of growth, feed utilization and carcass characteristics of large-type market turkeys and the economic implication that result from following a restricted protein feeding program. These studies suggest that it may be beneficial to feed market turkeys for less than maximum growth from an economic standpoint, particularly during early stages of growth. But these studies also suggest top-notch management is very essential in achieving any degree of success when feeding for compensatory gains.
Date: 1976
Subject: Animal nutrition
Livestock production
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/9759

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