Cattle that had recovered from clinical oak bud toxicosis (as assessed by normal BUN and serum creatinine values and good appetite) performed better than did clinically normal herdmates when weight gain and feed efficiency were compared. Both groups had a rate of weight gain (oak bud-exposed cattle, 1.76 kg/steer/d; control cattle, 1.57 kg/steer/d) that exceeded the feedlot mean value (approximately 1.4 kg/d) for cattle (of similar starting weight and diet) that had zeranol implants, and the difference was significant (P less than 0.005) for both groups. The difference in weight gain performance of oak bud-exposed cattle, compared with control cattle, was not highly significant; however, the improved feed efficiency was significantly (P less than 0.05) better than that in controls (2.57 kg of feed/kg of weight gain vs 3 kg of feed/kg of weight gain). On the basis of accepted criteria (increased rate of weight gain and efficiency of feed conversion), the group of oak bud-exposed cattle of this study had compensatory weight gain. Thus, cattle with good evidence of clinical recovery from oak bud toxicosis can be expected to perform in the feedlot at least as well as cattle not exposed to oak bud toxicosis, and may have compensatory weight gain.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association|
|State||Published - Aug 15 1989|
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