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Oestrus synchronization with fixed-time artificial insemination in smallholder pig production systems in north-east India: Success rate and benefits

  • 2017
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 47
G. Kadirvel, K. M. Bujarbaruah, Suresh Kumar & S. V. Ngachan Page: 140 - 145

Pig production is an important component of the farming systems that are practised in the north-eastern region of India and it has special significance for improving the socio-economic status of tribal farmers in the region. In an effort to optimize…

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Effect of age on production characteristics of Boschveld indigenous chickens of South Africa reared intensively

  • 2017
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 47
V.M.O. Okoro, K.E. Ravhuhali, T.H. Mapholi, E.F. Mbajiorgu & C.A. Mbajiorgu Page: 157 - 167

The Boschveld indigenous chicken is a breed that was developed in South Africa for rural household free-range production of meat and eggs. A performance test was carried out to identify their production characteristics when reared intensively, and to estimate the…

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Effect of lavender (Lavandula Stoechas) essential oil on growth performance, carcass characteristics, meat quality and antioxidant status of broilers

  • 2017
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 47
K. Küçükyilmaz, Z. Kiyma, A. Akdağ, M. Çetinkaya, H. Atalay, A. Ateş, F. E. Gürsel & M. Bozkurt Page: 178 - 186

The study evaluated the effect of essential oils from lavender (Lavandula stoaches) (LEO), on growth performance, carcass quality and antioxidant status of broilers. Three nutritionally adequate diets were composed with the addition of LEO at 0, 24, and 48 mg/kg…

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Investigation into the effect of season on oestrus in gilts over two years of climate adaptation

  • 2017
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 47
N. Dojana, G. Cotor, I. Codreanu, S. Raita, R. A. Balaceanu & C. Budica Page: 187 - 193

This study examined the changes in age at first oestrus, the weaning-to-oestrus interval (WEI), and duration of oestrus (DE) in a Yorkshire sow population during two years of adaptation from a northern (55°48′N, 9°13′W) European region to a southern (44°03′N,…

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Effects of initial fattening age on carcass characteristics and meat quality in Simmental bulls imported from Austria to Turkey

  • 2017
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 47
H. Ustuner, H. Yalcintan, A. Orman, S. Ardicli, B. Ekiz, H. Gencoglu & O. Kandazoglu Page: 194 - 201

The aim of this study was to determine the effects of initial fattening age on carcass and meat quality of Simmental bulls imported from Austria to Turkey. These animals were allocated to two initial ages of fattening groups, namely young…

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Evaluation of growth, milk and manure production in Norwegian dairy goats in one highland of Tanzania 30 years after introduction

  • 2017
  • Issue: 2
  • Volume: 47
G. Msalya, V.S. Sonola, P. Ngoda, G.C. Kifaro & L.O. Eik Page: 202 - 212

Dairy goats have been imported into Tanzania since the 1960s to improve the milk production of Small East African (SEA) goats through crossbreeding. The SEA goats have poor genetic potential for milk. Although crossbreeding programmes started in the early 1980s,…

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Effect of post-slaughter handling during distribution on microbiological quality and safety of meat in the formal and informal sectors of South Africa: A review

  • 2017
  • Issue: 3
  • Volume: 47
Z. T. Rani, A. Hugo, C. J. Hugo, P. Vimiso & V. Muchenje Page: 255 - 267

Global reports on illnesses and deaths related to food consumption continue to raise concern in most countries. This has led to diligent efforts to improve the manner in which food is handled. Hygienic handling of carcasses after slaughter is critical…

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Effects of mannan-oligosaccharides-supplemented diets on production performance of four close-bred flocks of Japanese quail breeders

  • 2017
  • Issue: 3
  • Volume: 47
M. A. Iqbal, A. Hussain, N. Roohi, M. I. Arshad & O. Khan Page: 290 - 297

The present study was conducted to find out the dietary effects of mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) supplemented diets on the production performance of four close-bred flocks (CBFs) of Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) breeders. A total of 960 twelve-week-old birds of four…

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The influence of polyethylene glycol inclusion in Vachellia tortilis leaf meal on nitrogen balance in growing pigs

  • 2017
  • Issue: 3
  • Volume: 47
V.A. Hlatini, T.J. Zindove & M. Chimonyo Page: 298 - 306

The incorporation of polyethylene glycol (PEG), a tannin binding agent, in high tannin feedstuff is known to prevent tannin-protein complexes. Environmental contamination with nitrogen-containing products in manure is a topical issue in the tropics. The objective of the study was…

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Phenotypic and genetic parameters for selected production and reproduction traits of Mpwapwa cattle in low-input production systems

  • 2017
  • Issue: 3
  • Volume: 47
A.R. Chawala, G. Banos, D.M. Komwihangilo, A. Peters & M.G.G Chagunda Page: 307 - 319

The objective of this study was to assess the genetic improvement programme of the Mpwapwa dairy cattle breed over the past four decades,  based on on-station selection and breeding. Estimates of genetic parameters and genetic trends for total lactation milk…

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Changes in the composition and fatty acid profile of Najdi ewes’ milk before and after weaning

  • 2017
  • Issue: 3
  • Volume: 47
A.M. Matar, M. Ayadi, R. S. Aljumaah, I. A. Nehdi, H. M. Sbihi, A. Souli & M. A. Abouheif Page: 320 - 326

This trial aimed to study the changes in the yield, composition, and fatty acid (FA) profile of ewes’ milk during suckling and milking periods. Nineteen multiparous Najdi ewes were kept under identical management and feeding conditions during a 12-week trial…

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