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Fish and fishery products in rations for fur-bearing animals
Schaible, P.J. (1962). Fish and fishery products in rations for fur-bearing animals, in: Heen, E. et al. Fish in nutrition. pp. 374-380
In: Heen, E.; Kreuzer, R. (1962). Fish in nutrition. Fishing News (Books): London. XXIII, 447 pp., more

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  • Schaible, P.J.

    Substantial amounts of fish and fishery products have been used for many years in mink foods. In general, performance of mink has been good when these products have been fed with due caution as to their quality and composition. However, mink-industry journals have occasionally published articles giving detailed accounts of adverse effects from feeding certain species of fish, particularly at high levels. On the other hand, there are many reports from ranchers who have fed fishery products for years with great success. Variability in composition (and consequently in nutritive value) due to species of fish, seasonality of the catch, and proper handling, distribution and cold storage, has apparently been responsible for the differences in feeding results obtained. Certain species of fish are superior to others in their effect on growth, fur-development and reproduction. The possibility of utilizing fishery products which are procurable in large amounts, but which are not being used at present to the maximum extent, is explored. Further research is needed to establish the bases upon which greater use of these fish can be achieved.

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