Maslanka M, Lintzenich B, Slifka K, Schwenk B. 2003. The good, the bad and the ugly: Feedstuff evaluation and quality control. In Ward A, Brooks M, Maslanka M, Eds. Proceedings of the Fifth Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Minneapolis, MN.
Overall diet quality is controlled by the quality of the individual items that comprise the diet. This seems intuitively obvious, but is “easier said than done” when it is applied to zoo diets. Usually we use multiple items in combination (complete feeds, produce, meat, fish, whole prey, etc.) to meet the nutrient needs of the animals in our care, and each of these items has special considerations when it comes to quality control and evaluation.03NAG_pp75-7671.pdf     97 KB