Absorption of Non-Protein Nitrogen in Guajillo by White-Tailed Deer

Texas Journal of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Title Absorption of Non-Protein Nitrogen in Guajillo by White-Tailed Deer
Creator Mayfield, Michael J.
Campbell, Tyler A.
Hewitt, David G.
Subject ammonium; digestibility; guajillo; Acacia berlandieri; nitrogen; Odocoileus virginianus; urea; white-tailed deer
Description Guajillo (Acacia berlandieri) is an important forage for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), but has high concentrations of non-protein nitrogen (N).  To determine if non-protein N is absorbed by deer, 4 diets with different proportions of guajillo were assigned randomly to 4 male deer in a Latin square design and total balance trials were conducted.  Urea and ammonium N were assayed and subtracted from total urinary N, resulting in a pool of N we called uncharacterized N.  Our hypothesis was if non-protein N was absorbed but not used by the deer, the amount of uncharacterized N in urine would increase with increasing amounts of guajillo in the diet.  Uncharacterized N did not differ among diets (F3,6= 2.37, P = 0.169).  Our data suggest non-protein N must have either not been absorbed in the digestive tract, or was converted to amino acids by rumen microbes prior to absorption.
Publisher Agricultural Consortium of Texas
Date 2016-05-04
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Format application/pdf
Identifier http://txjanr.agintexas.org/index.php/txjanr/article/view/129
Source Texas Journal of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Vol 17 (2004); 53-56
Language eng
Relation http://txjanr.agintexas.org/index.php/txjanr/article/view/129/116
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