Net portal and hepatic flux of nutrients in growing wethers fed high-concentrate diets with oscillating protein concentrations.

USDA-ARS, US Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, NE 68933-0166, USA.
Journal of Animal Science (Impact Factor: 2.09). 05/2007; 85(4):997-1005. DOI: 10.2527/jas.2006-547
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