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dc.contributor.authorIji, Paulen
dc.date.accessioned2009-10-27T14:49:00Z
dc.date.issued2008en
dc.identifier.citationAustralian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 48(10), p. 1280-1283en
dc.identifier.issn0816-1089en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/2689en
dc.description.abstractThe ostrich industry is plagued by a high level of neonatal mortality among chicks that are under 3 months of age. Although ostrich chicks hatch with a gastrointestinal tract that is more than 10% of their liveweight, there appear to be deficiencies in structural and functional development of the intestinal mucosa (and possibly pancreatic function) that do not support adequate digestive function. There is also insufficient knowledge of the nutritional requirements of the ostrich, which results in the provision of diets that may not be suitable, particularly for the hatchlings. Recent evidence suggests that ostrich chicks under the age of 10 weeks have poor ability to digest fibre. Further evaluations have revealed generally low activities of amylase, trypsin and lipase in ostrich chicks within the first 10 weeks of life. It is not certain if digestive function can be improved by supplementation with microbial enzymes, which are routinely used by the poultry industry. There is still a paucity of data on the digestive physiology of the ostrich and areas of intervention through applied nutrition are still vague. This paper reviews existing knowledge of the digestive physiology of the ostrich and examines the potential of interventions that could reduce neonatal mortality in the species.en
dc.languageenen
dc.publisherCSIROen
dc.relation.ispartofAustralian Journal of Experimental Agricultureen
dc.titleIntestinal development and nutrient utilization in the ostrich: a brief reviewen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.identifier.doi10.1071/EA08140en
dc.subject.keywordsAnimal Nutritionen
local.contributor.firstnamePaulen
local.subject.for2008070204 Animal Nutritionen
local.subject.seo2008830307 Minor Livestock (e.g. Alpacas, Ostriches, Crocodiles, Farmed Rabbits)en
local.profile.schoolSchool of Environmental and Rural Scienceen
local.profile.emailpiji@une.edu.auen
local.output.categoryC1en
local.record.placeauen
local.record.institutionUniversity of New Englanden
local.identifier.epublicationsrecordpes:6519en
local.publisher.placeAustraliaen
local.format.startpage1280en
local.format.endpage1283en
local.peerreviewedYesen
local.identifier.volume48en
local.identifier.issue10en
local.title.subtitlea brief reviewen
local.contributor.lastnameIjien
dc.identifier.staffune-id:pijien
local.profile.roleauthoren
local.identifier.unepublicationidune:2765en
dc.identifier.academiclevelAcademicen
local.title.maintitleIntestinal development and nutrient utilization in the ostrichen
local.output.categorydescriptionC1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journalen
local.relation.urlhttp://nla.gov.au/anbd.bib-an25950952en
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local.search.authorIji, Paulen
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