steers, digestibility, cryptosporidia
The effect of chronic cryptosporidia infection on feed utilization by yearling steers was evaluated. Two control and two infected steers were fed a corn silage based diet. lnfected steers had shown evidence of cryptosporidia infection over a 6-month period prior to determining feed digestibility. Digestibilities of dry matter (58.1 vs 54.0 ± 3.9%), NDF (51.7 vs 54.6 ± 2.5%), ADF (35.8 34.8 ± 7.1%) and crude protein (45.0 vs 45.9 ± 5.3%) were unaffected (P>.10) by parasite infection for control and infected steers, respectively.
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Pritchard, R.H.; Thomson, J.U.; and Mullaney, C.D., "Feed Utilization by Steers with Chronic Cryptosporidia Infection" (1990). South Dakota Beef Report, 1990. 13.