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The influence of boar breed and season on semen parameters

  • 2014
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 44
D. Knecht, S. Środoń & K. Duziński Page: 1 - 9

The aim of the present study was to demonstrate the influence of boar breed and season on semen parameters. The research material consisted of 31 boars: Polish Large White (PLW), Polish Landrace (PL), and Duroc × Pietrain (D × P),…

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Effect of L-carnitine supplementation on drake semen quality

  • 2014
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 44
H.J. Al-Daraji & A.O. Tahir Page: 18 - 25

This study was conducted to determine the effect on semen quality traits of supplementing the diets of Iraqi drakes with L-carnitine. Forty eight male Iraqi ducks, 30 weeks old, were randomly allocated to four treatments with 12 drakes per treatment…

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Chemical features, cholesterol and energy content of table hen eggs from conventional and alternative farming systems

  • 2014
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 44
R.M. Radu-Rusu, M.G. Usturoi, A. Leahu, S. Amariei, C.G. Radu-Rusu & I. Vacaru-Opriş Page: 33 - 42

This study was carried out to investigate the effect of conventional farming systems for laying hens (standard cage batteries) and new alternative systems (improved cages and free range), approved by European Union (EU) poultry welfare legislation, on the chemical and…

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Effect of polymorphism in the LIF gene on reproductive performance of hybrid Polish Large White and Polish Landrace sows. (Short communication)

  • 2014
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 44
D. Napierała, M. Kawęcka, E. Jacyno, B. Matysiak & A. Wierzchowska Page: 49 - 53

The aim of the study was to determine the potential relationships between variants of the leukaemia inhibitory factor (LIF) gene and litter size in Landrace x Polish White sows. To identify polymorphisms within the LIF gene, the polymerase chain reaction–restriction…

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Effect of feeding Moringa (Moringa oleifera) leaf meal on the physico-chemical characteristics and sensory properties of goat meat

  • 2014
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 44
B. Moyo, P.J. Masika & V. Muchenje Page: 64 - 70

The objective of this study was to determine the physico-chemical characteristics and consumer sensory scores of chevon from crossbred Xhosa lop-eared goats supplemented with Moringa oleifera leaf meal (MOL). Twenty-four goats, aged 8 months, were divided into three groups with…

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Different levels of macadamia oil cake meal, and wood ash vs. feed lime as dietary sources of calcium on bone characteristics of slow-growing chickens

  • 2014
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 44
J.B.J. van Ryssen, M.A. Phosa & C. Jansen van Rensburg Page: 71 - 79

A study was conducted to evaluate the potential of macadamia oil cake meal (MOCM) and wood ash as feed ingredients for poultry under subsistence farming conditions. In this article, the effect of these ingredients on bone characteristics is reported. Two…

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Variation in individual piglet birth weights in a Large White × Landrace sow herd (Short communication)

  • 2014
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 44
T.J. Zindove, E.F. Dzomba, A.T. Kanengoni & M. Chimonyo Page: 80 - 84

Within-litter birth weight variation in pigs is increasingly becoming important in influencing the profitability of pig enterprises. The objective of the study was to characterize within-litter birth weight variation in piglets from Large White × Landrace sows. The study was…

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Evaluation of genetic trends for traits of economic importance in South African Holstein cattle (Short communication)

  • 2014
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 44
N.I. Ramatsoma, C.B. Banga, M.D. MacNeil & A. Maiwashe Page: 85 - 89

Genetic evaluation for the South African dairy industry has kept pace with global advances in statistical methodology. Increasingly accurate estimated breeding values (EBVs), produced routinely in the past two or three decades, have aided selection decisions. This has been coupled…

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A study on gastrointestinal tract characteristics of ram lambs at the same weights from six Turkish sheep breeds

  • 2014
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 44
A. Yıldırım, Z. Ulutaş, N. Ocak, E. Şirin & Y. Aksoy Page: 90 - 96

A study was conducted, first, to compare the gastrointestinal tract (GIT), reticulo-rumens and intestinal capacities (relative to body weight) of ram lambs from six Turkish sheep breeds: Turkish Merino (TM, Anatolia Merino), Akkaraman (AK), Kıvırcık (KV), Awassi (AW), Karayaka (KY)…

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A note on the effect of dietary supplementation with herbal extracts on sow and litter performance (Short communication)

  • 2014
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 44
K. Lipiński, H. Skórko-Sajko, Z. Antoszkiewicz, C. Purwin & E. Kucman Page: 110 - 113

The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of the phytogenic product, Ruchamax® (Ayurvet, India), on the productivity of sows and the performance of their first litters. Ruchamax® contains a blend of herbal extracts from Adrographis paniculata, Phyllanthus…

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Nutritive value of ensiled pig excreta, poultry litter or urea with molasses or bakery by-products in diets for lambs

  • 2014
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 44
G.D. Trujillo, G.J.L. Bórquez, J.M. Pinos-Rodríguez, I.A. Domínguez-Vara & R.R. Rojo Page: 114 - 122

The objective of this study was to evaluate the nutritive value of maize stover silage diets containing pig excreta (PE), poultry litter (PL) or urea as nitrogen (N) sources, and sugarcane molasses (MOL) or bakery by-products (BBP) as energy sources.…

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Effects of adiCox®AP and monensin on production parameters and quality of meat of slow-growing Hubbard JA 957 broiler chickens

  • 2014
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 44
M. Łukasiewicz, M. Michalczuk, D. Pietrzak & J. Niemiec Page: 131 - 139

This experiment was conducted with 480 Hubbard JA 957 one-day-old broiler chicks to determine the effects of adiCox®AP, a plant coccidiostat, and monensin on production parameters and meat quality. The birds were randomly allocated to three experimental diets: (A) with…

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Fatty acid profile of zebu beef cattle from the Central African sub-region

  • 2014
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 44
B.M. Nfor, M. Corazzin, F.A. Fonteh, A. Sepulcri, N.T. Aziwo & E. Piasentier Page: 148 - 154

This study analysed the meat fatty acid (FA) composition of three zebu breeds, Gudali (GU), White Fulani (WF) and Red Mbororo (RM), raised on savannah pasture and monitored in the commercial context of the Yaoundé abattoir. Samples of m. longissimus…

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