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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1963. Department of Poultry Husbandry.
Nebraska leads the nation in the production of dehydrated alfalfa meal, with 40 percent of the total production. Dehydrated alfalfa meal in poultry rations at higher levels (10 to 15 percent) will increase yolk pigmentation. Presently, laying rations generally contain 3 to 5 percent dehydrated alfalfa meal, but with the trend toward higher levels to obtain dark egg yolks, a new question has been raised. What effects might higher dietary levels of dehydrated alfalfa have on the reproduction performance of the hen? The use of higher levels of dehydrated alfalfa may affect not only egg production, but also feed efficiency, fertility and hatchability.
Advisor: Thomas W. Sullivan