A.S. Series 71-12
In other studies using high and low protein diets for growing turkeys, aortic ruptures frequently caused high death losses, particularly among the large type males. Inadequate elastin formation and the resulting lack of strength and elastic ity may be contributing factors in aortic failures. The aortic rupture usually occurs in the lower portion of the artery located between the kidneys. Copper and lysine are both involved in elastin synthesis.
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Department of Animal Science, Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Guenther, E. and Carlson, C. W., "Some Effects of Copper and High and Low Protein Diets on Aortic Rupture and Growth of Turkets" (1971). South Dakota Poultry Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1971. 13.