Mink (Mustela vison) kits still nursing, and adult male mink were fed diets containing various levels of fluorine (as NaF) to determine the effects on health, growth and pelt quality. Different groups were fed diets containing 25.5 (control), 46.0, 111.5 or 287.0 ppm fluorine (on a wet basis) for 7–8 mo. Gross, radiographic and microscopic changes were seen in bones from some animals ingesting the higher levels of fluorine. Chemical analyses for fluorine generally reflected levels ingested. Fluorine caused no detectable differences in pelt quality. After data were evaluated, tolerance levels in the feed of not more than 50 ppm fluorine for breeding stock and 100 ppm fluorine for animals being raised only for pelts are recommended.
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