Potential applications of amino acids supplementation for captive breeding of cervids in South-East Asia
Veit Ny1, Tersia Needham2, Ceacero Francisco3
1Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Department of Animal Science and Food Processing, Czech Republic
Deer farming is a thriving industry for venison, trophy hunting, and especially velvet antler which oriented as the main product for traditional medicines in Southeast Asia. Feeding and nutrition are important factors for improving production performance, especially protein and amino acids (AA), as they are the main components of all tissues. In deer nutrition, during velvet and antler growth deer requires 16% - 22% crude protein. It is also very crucial for supporting growth of young, reproduction, pregnancy, and lactation. However, feeding protein and AA in tropical climate is challenging because of hot environments which can limit intake and poor digestibility from protein sources in this area. Therefore, improving AA balance via supplementary feeding can be an effective alternative to fulfil protein requirements in tropical climate. Despite, the importance and the potential of AA in cervid nutrition, it is still very limited compared to other ruminant livestock.
Keywords: Antlers, deer, feed additives, protein, ruminants, Venison
Contact Address: Veit Ny, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Department of Animal Science and Food Processing, kamýcká 129, 165 00 Praha6-suchdol, Czech Republic, e-mail: nyvftz.czu.cz