Palatability of a synthetic diet in mink (Mustela vison)

Mette Schulin-Zeuthen, Kirsten Hvam and Peter Sandbøl: Danish Fur Breeders Research Center Herningvej 112C, 7500 Holstebro, Denmark

In investigations that require exact control of dietary compositions, a diet mixed from crystalline amino acids has been applied (Sandbol et al., 2007). However, in some trials dietary intake was low and fluctuating (Blaesbjerg et al., 2008). Previously, Hvam et al., (2006) showed that ‘taste enhancers’ increased the dietary intake of the mink. In the further development of the synthetic diet, two trials were conducted. In trials, especially running for longer periods, a semi-synthetic diet might be required.
The purpose of Trial 1 was to determine the effect of increasing dietary levels of chicken breast on feed intake. In Trial 2, the purpose was to examine the effect of pH on feed intake by comparing a chicken breast- based semi- synthetic diet with a pH-regulated synthetic diet.

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