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Residual feed intake (RFI) is a moderately heritable trait that can be used to measure feed efficiency in beef cattle, and thereby reduce feed related costs. RFI has been primarily evaluated under drylot conditions where diet, feed intake and activity levels are controlled and foraging behaviour...
Patterns of Genomic Variation and Whole Genome Association Studies of Economically Important Traits in CattleDownload
Functionally important genetic variations in cattle have great potential as tools to increase agricultural production once they are identified through association studies of phenotype and genotype. The objectives of this thesis were: 1) to characterize the genome-wide patterns of linkage...
Novel feed enzyme delivery method: Binding exogenous feed enzymes to Bacillus spores to improve enzyme stability and total tract digestibilityDownload
The effects of binding feed enzymes to Bacillus subtilis (strain RK28) spores on enzyme stability and digestion in cattle were studied in comparison to unbound enzymes. Optimal conditions for adsorbing six different enzymes (α-amylase, β-glucanase, feruloyl esterase, phytase, purified xylanase,...
Assessment of rumen microbiota in beef heifers with different feed efficiency and managed under different feeding systemsDownload
The linkage between rumen microbiota and feed efficiency has been studied in cattle managed under the drylot system, especially in the feedlot with high-grain diets. However, pasture-based beef operations still dominate the beef production system around the world. In Alberta and other provinces...