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The Influence of Supplemental Zinc and Ractopamine Hydrochloride on Mineral and Nitrogen Retention of Beef Steers

Authors
  • Remy Carmichael (Iowa State University)
  • Olivia N. Genther-Schroeder (Iowa State University)
  • Stephanie L. Hansen (Iowa State University)

Abstract

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.

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Carmichael, R., Genther-Schroeder, O. N. & Hansen, S. L., (2018) “The Influence of Supplemental Zinc and Ractopamine Hydrochloride on Mineral and Nitrogen Retention of Beef Steers”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 15(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/ans_air-180814-577

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Published on
01 Jan 2018
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