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Preliminary genome-wide association study for wet-dry phenotype in smallholder ovine populations in South Africa

  • 2017
  • Issue: 3
  • Volume: 47
A.H. Molotsi, J.F. Taylor, S.W.P. Cloete, F. Muchadeyi, J.E. Decker, L. Sandenbergh & K. Dzama Page: 327 - 331

The aim of this study was to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with genomic region underlying variation in the binomial reproductive trait ‘wet-dry’ in sheep. The wet-dry phenotype was used to represent the reproductive status of the ewes, divided…

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Effects of chromium supplementation on growth, nutrient digestibility and meat quality of growing pigs

  • 2017
  • Issue: 3
  • Volume: 47
A. E. Untea, I. Varzaru, T. D. Panaite, M. Habeanu, M. Ropota, M. Olteanu & G. M. Cornescu Page: 332 - 341

The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of chromium picolinate (CrPic) on growth performance, nutrient digestibility, and protein and lipid quality of five anatomical parts in growing pigs. The 30-day study was conducted on eight castrated Topigs…

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Chewing activity, metabolic profile and performance of high-‎producing dairy cows fed conventional forages, wheat straw or rice straw

  • 2017
  • Issue: 3
  • Volume: 47
H. Omidi-Mirzaee, E. Ghasemi, G. R. Ghorbani & M. Khorvash Page: 342 - 351

In this study, production and physiological responses of high-producing dairy cows fed wheat (WS) or rice (RS) straw, as a partial forage replacement for the conventional forages lucerne hay (LH) and maize silage (MS‎), were investigated. The straws were treated…

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Genetic parameters for test-day milk yield in tropical Holstein Friesian cattle fitting a multiple-lactation random regression animal model

  • 2017
  • Issue: 3
  • Volume: 47
S. Meseret1 & E. Negussie Page: 352 - 361

Accurate estimates of genetic parameters are essential for genetic improvement of milk yield in dairy cattle and for setting up breeding programmes. Estimates of genetic parameters from test-day models, particularly for Holstein Friesian cattle maintained in tropical environments, are scant…

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Growth performance, immune status and organ morphometry in broilers fed Bacillus subtilis-supplemented diet

  • 2017
  • Issue: 3
  • Volume: 47
A. Sikandar, H. Zaneb, M. Younus, S. Masood, A. Aslam, M. Shah & H. Rehman Page: 378 - 388

The present research aimed to investigate the effects of Bacillus subtilis (B. subtilis) on performance, immune system, gut, and lymphoid organs’ microarchitecture in broilers. A total of 120 day-old broiler chicks were randomly distributed into four groups. The birds were…

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Genetic diversity of the 3ꞌ and 5ꞌ untranslated regions of the HSP70.1 gene between native Turkish and Holstein Friesian cattle breeds

  • 2017
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 47
Y. Öner, A. Keskin, H. Üstüner, D. Soysal & V. Karakaş Page: 424 - 439

Heat stress proteins are important factors in protecting cells against environmental stress. The HSP70.1 gene is one of the most important members of the heat stress protein family, which is essential for life, production and reproduction. In this study, partial…

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Impact of dietary glutamine on amino acid digestibility values and intestinal morphometric parameters in neonate chicks

  • 2017
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 47
N.F. Namroud, M. Shivazad, M. Zaghari, O. Madadgar & K. Nourijelyani Page: 440 - 453

Two experiments were conducted to investigate the effects of fortification of the pre-starter diet with glutamine in post-hatch broiler chicks. In the first experiment, male chicks were used to study the impact of glutamine supplementation at three levels (0%, 1%…

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Seasonal variations in scrotal circumference and semen characteristics of Naimi and Najdi rams in Saudi Arabia (Short communication)

  • 2017
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 47
Y. Al-Anazi, M. G. Al-Mutary, M. Al-Ghadi, M. M. Alfuraiji, A. R. Al-himaidi & A. Ammari Page: 454 - 459

In the present study, the authors analysed the effects of seasonal variations on the scrotal circumference and semen characteristics in two  ram breeds in Saudi Arabia, namely Naimi and Najdi. Five rams of each breed were used in this experiment.…

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Effect of dietary yeast autolysate on performance, slaughter, and carcass characteristics, as well as blood parameters, in quail of both genders*

  • 2017
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 47
M. Bolacali & K. Irak Page: 460 - 470

This study was conducted to determine the effects of dietary yeast autolysate (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) on performance, slaughter and carcass characteristics, as well as blood parameters, in Japanese quail of both genders. A total of 1000 (500 males and 500 females)…

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Morphological assessment of Niger Kuri cattle using multivariate methods

  • 2017
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 47
M. Grema, A. Traoré, M. Issa, M. Hamani, M. Abdou, I. Fernández, A. Soudré, I. Álvarez, M. Sanou, H.H. Tamboura, Y. Alhassane & F. Goyache Page: 505 - 515

A total of 406 adult cows and 34 bulls belonging to the Niger Kuri cattle population were assessed for 16 body measurements and 11 qualitative traits to contribute to the characterization of this unique cattle breed. Body measurements included facial,…

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Effect of replacing wheat bran with spineless cactus plus urea in sugarcane-based diets for sheep

  • 2017
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 47
S.E.B. Lins, R.A. Pessoa, M.A. Ferreira, J.M.S. Campos, J.A.B.A. Silva, S.A. Santos, J.L. Silva, T.T.B. Melo & J.C.C. Chagas Page: 516 - 525

In times of drought, the availability of feed is reduced, and the use of concentrate ingredients, such as wheat bran, becomes costly for animal production. Thus, the use of spineless cactus emerges as a potential solution to the shortage of…

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Blood lipid metabolites and meat lipid peroxidation responses of broiler chickens to dietary lecithinized palm oil

  • 2017
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 47
A. Gheisari, S. S Ale Saheb Fosoul, S. Pourali, E. Nasre Esfahani & M. Mohammadrezaei Page: 526 - 534

This trial was conducted to investigate the effects of supplementing saturated and unsaturated fat sources on serum metabolites and meat physiochemical parameters in the diets of broiler chickens. A total of 360 day-old male broiler chicks (Ross 308) were used…

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Effects of various additives to enhance growth performance, blood profiles, and reduce malodour emissions in growing pigs

  • 2017
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 47
W. G. Kwak, I. H. Park, W. Yun, J. H. Lee, C. H. Lee, S. Y. Oh, H. J. Oh, Shudong Liu, Y. H. Kim, J. C. Park, G. S. Kim & J. H. Cho Page: 535 - 541

Experiment 1 was a feeding trial in which 75 (LandraceⅹYorkshire)ⅹDuroc pigs with average initial bodyweight (BW) of 26 ± 1 kg were used. It was assigned to three pigs/pen and five pens/treatment. Experiment 2 was a metabolic trial in which…

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