May 21, 2004
May 21, 2004 -- Members of the National Academies Committee on the Nutrient Requirements of Small Ruminants met this week to begin revising two publications, Nutrient Requirements of Sheep and Nutrient Requirements of Goats, last updated in 1985 and 1981, respectively.
The new report, Nutrient Requirements of Small Ruminants, is anticipated to be released summer 2005.
The 11-member group is conducting a thorough review of the reports, which are comprised of scientific literature and data on nutrient requirements of small ruminants for all life phases and types of sheep and goat production as well as those of other small ruminants. The effects of the environment, feed additives and metabolism modifiers on nutrient requirements all will be addressed.
The two reports will be merged into one comprehensive document.
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) has worked with the academy on the project for several years, by encouraging its undertaking and by helping to secure funding. Also assisting with the project are Montana State University, New Mexico State University, Texas A&M University, the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Co-op State Research Education and Extension Service.
ASI Executive Board member Dr. Lyndon Irwin of Missouri is serving as a liaison representative for the project.
The committee?s next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 18-19, 2004, in Irvine, Calif.
To view committee membership or provide comments on the project, visit Committee Membership
on the World Wide Web.
Staff contact: Paul Rodgers, (304) 647-9981