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Foals The First Year RUSTY MILLER STATEMENT DESCRIBING CAREER GOALS AND RESEARCH INTERESTS MASTERS IN ANIMAL SCIENCE AUGUST 1 2000 RESEARCH INTERESTS AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION IntroductionThe following is a report on my research information on foals nutritional need through there first year of life This report will also show a research project that I would like to do for my Masters degree INutrition ANutritional Requirement 1Details of general nutrition 2Requirements BOther items required for good nutrition 1Water 2Energy Maintenance Growth IICreep Feeding AReason for creep feeding foals 1Why creep feed 2When to creep feed BNutritional advantage for creep feeding 1The foals nutrition needs 2Foal feeding guidelines 3The end results IIIResearch and personal information AResearch project using a group of new born foals 1Setting up the research project 2Details of what Im hoping to prove BPersonal information 1Background information 2Detail of work history and professional background Conclusion Rusty Miller Research project for Masters in Animal Science August 1 2000 FOALS THE FIRST YEAR Feeding should be based on both practical experience and scientific research Horses are kept for a much longer time than most farm animals and feeding programs must support the development of sound feet and legs to sustain along and athletic life Nutritional Requirement Although horses obviously utilize hay and other roughage more efficiently then of other non-ruminants such as poultry or pigs The anatomy of the equine G I tract limits this ability as compared with ruminant The site of fermentation in horses is the cecum and large intestine where large number of microorganisms digest hemicelluloses and cellulose utilize protein and non-protein nitrogen and synthesize certain vitamins Some of the products of fermentation such as volatile fatty acids and use microbial protein synthesized from nitrogen entering the cecum and calm under foes only limited proteolysis and the supply of essential amino acids from an unbalanced dietary nitrogen source is not satisfactorily balanced by microbial
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