The effect of a balanced mixture of medium chain fatty acids on zootechnical performances in broilers

D. Isaac, K. Deschepper, E. Van Meenen, Luc Maertens

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    Abstract

    The objective of the current studies was to determine the effect on zootechnical performances of Aromabiotic Poultry, a carefully balanced mixture of MCFA in broilers. Trial A was designed as a complete block design with male Ross 308 broilers. The control diet (A1) was wheat/corn/soy based while the experiemental diet was obtained by adding a decreasing dosage of Aromabiotic Poultry (1.7 – 1.25 – 0.8 g/kg) in the starter, grower and finisher phase. Both daily growth and feed conversion were improved (the latter not significantly). Because of a bad start of the birds in the control group, the trial was repeated. In trial B a constant dosage of 0.8 and 1.2 g/kg, respectively were applied in two experimental treatments. Average daily gain and feed conversion were significantly improved with the best results using the lower dosage (ADG: 64.9 vs 62.6 g/d; WAFCR: 1.53 vs 1.58). Breast meat yield was only improved using the higher dosage (23.1 vs 22.6 %). In conclusion, Aromabiotic Poultry proved to be a valuable functional feed ingredient to sustain the rising production potential of broilers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAustralian Poultry Science Symposium 2013
    Number of pages4
    Place of PublicationSydney
    PublisherThe University of Sydney
    Publication date17-Feb-2013
    Pages196-199
    Publication statusPublished - 17-Feb-2013
    Event24th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium - Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 17-Feb-201320-Jun-2013

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