The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of the dietary protein level and the feeding strategy on growth, health and physiological blood and liver parameters in growing-furring male mink. Effects of dietary protein levels ranging from 22% of metabolizable energy (MEp) to experimental period or reduced from a higher to a lower level in August or September. The results indicated negative effects on health and signs on immunosuprression in mink fed low dietary protein levels throughout the growing-furring period. The liver content of fat and fatty acids was higher in mink fed low dietary protein levels than in mink fed high dietary protein levels. The mortality rate was influenced of the dietary protein level in October.
Proceedings of the Xth International Scientific Congress in Fur Animal Production, 2012, p. 32-39