Trenbolone acetate/estradiol combinations in feedlot steers: dose-response and implant carrier effects
Bartle, S.J.; Preston, R.L.; Brown, R.E.; Grant, R.J.
Journal of Animal Science 70(5): 1326-1332
ISSN/ISBN: 0021-8812 PMID: 1526900 DOI: 10.2527/1992.7051326x
Two experiments were conducted at three locations to determine the correct dosage and carrier for trenbolone acetate (TBA) and estradiol (E2) implants in feedlot steers. In the dose-response experiment, 1,296 steers were allotted to six implant treatments (48 pens per location): control, 140 mg of TBA (140/0), 30 mg of E2 (0/30), 20 mg of TBA + 4 mg of E2(20/4), 80 mg of TBA + 16 mg of E2(80/16), and 140 mg of TBA + 28 mg of E2 (140/28). In the carrier experiment, 575 steers were allotted to five implant treatments (25 pens per location): control, 140 mg of TBA + 28 mg of E2 in lactose (140/28-LA), 140 mg of TBA + 28 mg of E2 in cholesterol (140/28-CH), 140 mg of TBA + 20 mg of E2 in LA (140/20-LA), and 200 mg of progesterone + 20 mg of E2 benzoate (SS, reimplanted). In both experiments steers were fed a finishing diet for 140 to 168 d. In the dose-response experiment, response to TBA alone (140/0) did not differ from control (P greater than .2). Estradiol alone (0/30) improved ADG by 7% (P less than .01) and tended to improve feed efficiency over control (3%, P = .17). The highest dosage (140/28) improved ADG by 18% (P less than .001) and feed efficiency by 10% (P less than .001) over control and 10% (P less than .001) and 7% (P less than .01) over E2 alone, respectively.