Effect of Salt Intake on Feed Intake and Growth of Fallow and Red Weaner Deer

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  • Published: 1 Apr 2004

  • Author(s): Ru, Y. J., Glatz, P. C., Bao, Y. M.

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Dryland salinity is a significant problem in southern Australia with a large area of land being affected. The high evaporation rate in summer results in saline drinking water for grazing animals. In these environments animals can ingest excessive amounts of salt from forage, drinking water and soil, leading to a reduction in growth rate. Studies were undertaken to assess salt tolerance of red and fallow deer and develop management strategies to avoid excessive intake of salt by deer.