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Lambs fed protein or energy imbalanced diets forage in locations and on foods that rectify imbalances

By L. L. Scott, F. D. Provenza

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Ruminants eat a variety of foods from different locations in the environment. While water, cover, social interactions, and predators are all likely to influence choice of foraging location, differences in macronutrient content among forages may also cause ruminants to forage in different locations even during a meal. We hypothesized that lambs forage at locations containing foods that complement their basal diet and meet their nutritional needs. Based on this hypothesis, we predicted that lambs (n=12) fed a basal diet low in protein and high in energy would forage where a high-protein food (Food P) was located, and that lambs (n=12) fed a basal diet low in energy and high in protein would forage where a high-energy food (Food E) was located. Food P was a ground mixture of blood meal (50%), grape pomace (30%), and alfalfa (20

Date 2000
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 68
Issue 4
Pages 293-305
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/S0168-1591(00)00096-4
Language English
Author Address Department of Rangeland Resources, Utah State University Logan, UT 84322-5230, USA.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal nutrition
  3. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  4. Blood
  5. Butterflies and moths
  6. Diets
  7. Digestibility
  8. Feeding behavior
  9. Feed preferences
  10. Flowers
  11. Foods
  12. Foraging
  13. Grains
  14. Grasses
  15. Interactions
  16. Lambs
  17. Mammals
  18. nutrients
  19. peer-reviewed
  20. Plants
  21. proteins
  22. Ruminants
  23. Sheep
  24. Soybeans
  25. underfeeding
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