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Effects of dietary inclusion of discarded cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) on the growth performance of South African Dorper lambs

  • 2016
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 46
B.D. Nkosi, R. Meeske, M.M. Ratsaka, T. Langa, M.D. Motiang & I.B. Groenewald Page: 35 - 41

A study was conducted to determine the effect of dietary inclusion of discarded cabbage (DC) on the intake and growth performance of lambs. Diets containing 0 (control, DC0), 100 g DC/kg (DC100), 150 g DC/kg (DC150) and 200 g DC/kg…

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The effects of various dietary vegetable oil sources on villi morphologyand liver aldehydes in young layers

  • 2016
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 46
Sh. Golzar Adabi, A. Hajibabaei, N.H. Casey & A.G. Bayraktaroglu Page: 63 - 69

Twenty-six-week-old laying hens (90 Lohmann Classic Brown) received dietary treatments containing canola and linseed oil at 2% inclusion levels and a control diet for 21 days. The 2% dietary linseed oil, which had higher total polyunsaturated fatty acids (ΣPUFA) and…

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Production performance of pigs reared in different systems and fed increased energy content diets with or without green alfalfa

  • 2016
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 46
W.J. Kozera, K. Karpiesiuk, D. Bugnacka, J. Falkowski & W. Milewska Page: 70 - 76

The objective of this study was to determine the effects of various feeding and housing systems on fattening performance, slaughter value and biochemical serum parameters in growing-finishing pigs. The experimental material comprised 90 growing-finishing pigs, divided into six groups of…

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Effects of oregano essential oil and attapulgite on growth performance, intestinal microbiota and morphometry in broilers

  • 2016
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 46
I. Skoufos, I. Giannenas, D. Tontis, T. Bartzanas, C. Kittas, P. Panagakis & A. Tzora Page: 77 - 88

Two experiments were conducted to study the effects of a blend of oregano essential oil (OEO) (as a source of natural antibacterial growth-promoting substances) and attapulgite (as a source of toxin-binder and as an antidiarrhoeal agent) on growth performance, intestinal…

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Evaluation of the OvineSNP50 chip for use in four South African sheep breeds (Short communication)

  • 2016
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 46
L. Sandenbergh, S.W.P. Cloete, R. Roodt-Wilding, M.A. Snyman & A.E. Bester-van der Merwe Page: 89 - 93

Relatively rapid and cost-effective genotyping using the OvineSNP50 chip holds great promise for the South African sheep industry and research partners. However, SNP ascertainment bias may influence inferences from the genotyping results of South African sheep breeds. Therefore, samples from…

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Spirulina as a functional ingredient in broiler chicken diets

  • 2016
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 46
E. Bonos, E. Kasapidou, A. Kargopoulos, A. Karampampas, E. Christaki, P. Florou-Paneri & I. Nikolakakis Page: 94 - 102

In recent years there has been increased interest in the production of novel functional foods by utilizing eco-friendly materials and methods. Therefore, the present study was undertaken to determine the effects of dietary spirulina (Spirulina platensis), a blue-green microalga, on…

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Dietary effects of buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) and black cumin (Nigella sativa) seed on growth performance, serum lipid profile and intestinal microflora of broiler chicks

  • 2016
  • Issue: 1
  • Volume: 46
M.S. Islam, M.N. Siddiqui, M.A. Sayed, M. Tahjib-Ul-Arif, M.A. Islam & M.A. Hossain Page: 103 - 111

The study was conducted to investigate the effects of different levels of buckwheat seed (BWS) with black cumin seed (BCS) supplementation on the performance, serum lipid profile and intestinal bacterial flora in broiler chicks. One hundred and twenty day-old Cobb-500…

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Effects of whey, molasses and exogenous enzymes on the ensiling characteristics, nutrient composition and aerobic stability of maize cobs

  • 2016
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 46
A.T. Kanengoni, B.D. Nkosi, M. Chimonyo, B. Ndimba & K. Dzama Page: 113 - 120

The study was conducted to assess the effects of whey, molasses and exogenous enzymes on fermentation, aerobic stability and nutrient composition of ensiled maize cobs. Five treatments were ensiled in 1.5 L anaerobic glass jars over 32 days, namely i)…

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Effects of bacterial inoculation on the fermentation characteristics and aerobic stability of ensiled whole plant soybeans (Glycine max (L.) Merr.)

  • 2016
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 46
B.D. Nkosi, R. Meeske, T. Langa, M.D. Motiang, S. Modiba, T.F. Mutavhatsindi, I.M.M. Malebana & I.B. Groenewald Page: 129 - 138

The effect of bacterial inoculation on the fermentation and aerobic stability of two ensiled whole plant soybean (WPSB) cultivars was determined in a 2 x 2 factorial design. Two WPSB cultivars, Link LF6466 and Pannar 522 RR, were harvested at…

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Fatty acids, lipid and protein oxidation, metmyoglobin reducing activity and sensory attributes of biceps femoris muscle in goats fed a canola and palm oil blend

  • 2016
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 46
K.D. Adeyemi, M. Ismail, M. Ebrahimi, A.B. Sabow, R.M. Shittu, R. Karim & A.Q. Sazili Page: 139 - 151

The link between the consumption of saturated fatty acids of ruminant meat and the incidence of chronic diseases in humans substantiates efforts to modify its lipid profile. However, altering the lipid profile of ruminant meat could affect its quality attributes…

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Population structure and genetic trends for indigenous African beef cattle breeds in South Africa (Short communication)

  • 2016
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 46
S. Abin, H.E. Theron & E. van Marle-Köster Page: 152 - 156

The aim of this study was to investigate population structure and genetic trends based on pedigree and performance records of five indigenous African beef cattle breeds (Afrikaner, Boran, Drakensberger, Nguni and Tuli) in South Africa. Pedigree completeness over six generations…

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Effects of dietary inclusion of probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics on intestinal histological changes in challenged broiler chickens

  • 2016
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 46
H.H. Al-Baadani, A.M. Abudabos, S.I. Al-Mufarrej & M. Alzawqari Page: 157 - 165

The present study aimed at evaluating the effects of probiotics, prebiotics and their combination on intestinal histological changes in broiler chickens challenged with Clostridium perfringens. Two hundred and forty newly hatched male broilers (Ross 308) were equally distributed into six…

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Assessment of heavy metal contamination in raw milk for human consumption (Short communication)

  • 2016
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 46
M. Younus, T. Abbas, M. Zafar, S. Raza, A. Khan, A.H. Saleem, M.A. Idrees, Q.U. Nisa, R. Akhtar & G. Saleem Page: 166 - 169

The presence of heavy metals in various farm inputs, including feed, fertilizer, water and environment leads to excretion of the residues in animals’ milk. Because consumption of milk contaminated with heavy metals poses serious threats to consumers’ health, a study…

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