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Animal Industry Report

Extension Number

ASL R3220

Topic

Beef

Summary and Implications

The objective of this study was to ascertain how ractopamine hydrochloride supplementation and Zn supplementation affects N retention and Zn absorption in beef steers. No interaction was detected between ractopamine hydrochloride supplementation and Zn supplementation (MIN x BA strategies). There was no effect of ractopamine hydrochloride inclusion on Zn absorption. However, there was an increase of Zn retention with increasing concentrations of supplemental Zn. Additionally, N retention was increased by supranutritional Zn supplementation and also by ractopamine supplementation. Increased N retention may help explain previously noted improvements in cattle performance when fed ractopamine hydrochloride and supranutritional concentrations of Zn.

Copyright Holder

Iowa State University

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/ans_air-180814-577

Language

en

Included in

Beef Science Commons

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