IMR Press / FBE / Volume 8 / Issue 2 / DOI: 10.2741/E766

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Open Access Review

Amino acids in sheep production

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1 Animal Nutrition and Physiology Team, Animal Nutrition & Health Group, AgResearch Grasslands, Palmerston North, New Zealand
2 Department of Animal Science, Instituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias, Magallanes, Chile
3 Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN), Dummerstorf, Germany

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.

Academic Editor: Guoyao Wu

Front. Biosci. (Elite Ed) 2016, 8(2), 264–288; https://doi.org/10.2741/E766
Published: 1 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Amino acids in nutrition, health, and disease)
Abstract

Increasing production efficiency with a high standard of animal welfare and respect for the environment is a goal of sheep farming systems. Substantial gains in productivity have been achieved through improved genetics, nutrition and management changes; however the survival and growth performance of multiple-born lambs still remains a problem. This is a significant production efficiency and animal well-being issue. There is a growing body of evidence that some amino acids have a role in regulating growth, reproduction and immunity through modulation of metabolic and cell signaling pathways. The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of what is currently known about the role of amino acids in sheep production and the potential for supplementation strategies to influence on-farm survival and growth of lambs.

Keywords
Sheep
Amino acids
Production
Reproduction
Invited Review
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