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A comparative evaluation of functions for describing the relationship between live-weight gain and metabolizable energy intake in turkeys

Kuhi, H. D., Kebreab, E., Lopez, S. and France, J. (2004) A comparative evaluation of functions for describing the relationship between live-weight gain and metabolizable energy intake in turkeys. Journal of Agricultural Science, 142. pp. 691-695. ISSN 0021-8596

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1017/s0021859605004880

Abstract/Summary

The suitability of models specifically re-parameterized for analyzing energy balance data relating metabolizable energy intake to growth rate has recently been investigated in male broilers. In this study, the more adequate of those models was applied to growing turkeys to provide estimates of their energy needs for maintenance and growth. Three functional forms were used. They were: two equations representing diminishing returns behaviour (monomolecular and rectangular hyperbola); and one equation describing smooth sigmoidal behaviour with a fixed point of inflexion (Gompertz). The models estimated the metabolizable energy requirement for maintenance in turkeys to be 359-415 kJ/kg of live-weight/day. The predicted values of average net energy requirement for producing 1 g of gain in live-weight, between 1 and 4 times maintenance, varied from 8.7 to 10.9 kJ. These results and those previously reported for broilers are a basis for accepting the general validity of these models.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:8807
Uncontrolled Keywords:AMINO-ACID-REQUIREMENTS, SEVERE UNDERNUTRITION, ADULT ANIMALS, GROWTH

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