A FORMULATED RATION FOR CAPTIVE MOOSE
A formulated ration suitable for animal maintenance or experimental purposes has been developed for moose (Alces alces). It contains 11.8 percent crude protein and has an apparent dry matter digestibility of 64 percent. Performance was measured over 1.5 years with data from 6 moose. Daily gain from weaning to 1 year of age was 0.62 ± S.D. 0.4 kg. Possible diet problems and improvements are presented. Aspen (Populus tremuloides) sawdust the primary constituent, is believed to be the major reason for the diet’s success. A discussion based on extensive literature review is presented concerning fiber types, and their effects on animal welfare.
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