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Effect of Vachellia erioloba and Dichrostachys cinerea pod supplementation on performance of does and kids of Namibian Caprivi and Ovambo indigenous goats

  • 2018
  • Issue: 5
  • Volume: 48
L.N. Marius, E.L.K. Osafo, I.D.T. Mpofu, E. Lutaaya, K.L. Shiningavamwe, E. Missanjo & V. Attoh-Kotoku Page: 917 - 924

An on-station feeding trial was conducted to determine the effects of Vachellia erioloba (VE) and Dichrostachys cinerea (DC) pod supplementation on intake, doe weight changes and growth of kids. Forty-two indigenous lactating does with average weight of 35 ± 0.5…

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Phenotypic and genetic characterization of indigenous Tswana goats

  • 2018
  • Issue: 5
  • Volume: 48
P.I. Monau, C. Visser, S.J. Nsoso & E. van Marle-Köster Page: 925 - 934

Tswana goats that were kept in communal systems in three agro-ecological regions in Botswana were characterized according to phenotypic measurements and genotypic data. Objective measurements for 123 goats included bodyweight (BW), body length (BL), heart girth (HG), height at withers…

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Effect of dietary supplementation with medium chain fatty acids on growth performance, intestinal histomorphology, lipid profile and intestinal microflora of broiler chickens

  • 2018
  • Issue: 5
  • Volume: 48
B. Baltić, J. Ćirić, D. Šefer, A. Radovanović, J. Đorđević, M. Glišić, M. Bošković M.Ž. Baltić, V. Đorđević & R. Marković Page: 885 - 896

The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) diet supplementation on growth performance, intestinal histomorphology, serum biochemistry and intestinal microflora of broiler chickens. The study was performed on 180 one-day-old broilers of…

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Fertility in dairy cows and ways to improve it

  • 2018
  • Issue: 5
  • Volume: 48
C.J.C. Muller, S.W.P. Cloete & J.A. Botha Page: 858 - 868

The fertility of dairy cows affects the genetic improvement and financial sustainability of dairy herds. Fertility is a complex trait that is affected by several factors. Genetically, fertility is difficult to improve because of low heritability. Cows that do not…

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Meat in a sustainable food system

  • 2018
  • Issue: 5
  • Volume: 48
V. Muchenje, F.E. Mukumbo & Y.Z. Njisane Page: 818 - 828

Meat has been an important component of the human diet for centuries as a rich source of essential nutrients required for development, growth and maintenance. In addition to its nutritional value, meat production and processing provide employment and income generation…

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Response in nutritionally related blood metabolites, carcass traits and primal pork cuts of slow growing Windsnyer pigs fed on varying levels of potato hash silage

  • 2018
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 48
C.N. Ncobela, A.T. Kanengoni & M. Chimonyo Page: 770 - 778

The response of Windsnyer pigs to diets containing varying levels of potato hash silage in nutritionally related blood biochemistry, carcass traits and primal pork was estimated. Thirty-six growing clinically healthy male Windsnyer pigs with an initial weight of 36 kg…

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Effects of three slow-release urea inclusions in rice straw-based diets on yearling Bali bull performances

  • 2018
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 48
D. Kardaya, K.G. Wiryawan, A. Parakkasi & H.M. Winugroho Page: 751 - 757

The effects of slow-release zinc-urea complexes (ZnU), urea-impregnated zeolite (UZ) and zinc-urea-impregnated zeolite (ZnUZ) on the performance of yearling Bali bulls were assessed using 20 Bali bulls (145.3 ± 2.5 kg bodyweight (BW)), which were allocated to five treatments and…

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“Male effect” and “temporary weaning” in synchronization of post-partum ovarian activity in Pelibuey ewes

  • 2018
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 48
J.A. Hernández-Marín, C. Cortez-Romero, C.A. Herrera-Corredor, P. Pérez-Hernández, A. Pro-Martínez & J. Gallegos-Sánchez Page: 743 - 750

To evaluate the response of the “male effect” and “temporary weaning” on the synchronization of post-partum ovarian activity in Pelibuey ewes, an experiment was carried out using 78 Pelibuey ewes with suckling lambs. The ewes were separated from their offspring…

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Performance, water intake, carcass characteristics and intestinal histomorphology of broilers supplemented with phytase

  • 2018
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 48
L. van Emmenes, E. Pieterse & L.C. Hoffman Page: 734 - 742

A 32-day experiment was conducted to study the effects of supplementation of phytase enzyme, Ronozyme® HiPhos (DSM Nutritional Products, Basel, Switzerland), on the production parameters, water intake, intestinal histomorphology, carcass characteristics and bone mineralization of broiler chickens. A total of…

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Digestible threonine and its effects on growth performance, gut morphology and carcass characteristics in broiler Japanese quails (Coturnix coturnix japonica)

  • 2018
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 48
M.F. Rasheed, M.A. Rashid, Saima, A. Mahmud, M.S. Yousaf & M.I. Malik Page: 724 - 733

Threonine is the third limiting amino acid in corn-soy-based poultry diets and has an important role in body and intestinal development of chicken. Although work on threonine (Thr) in chicken is well established, information about the effects of digestible threonine…

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Partial replacement of soybean meal with pumpkin seed cake in lamb diets: Effects on carcass traits, haemato-chemical parameters and fatty acids in meat

  • 2018
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 48
Z. Antunović, Ž. Klir, M. Šperanda, V. Sičaja, D. Čolović, B. Mioč & J. Novoselec Page: 695 - 704

The composition of lamb diets has an effect on production traits and meat quality, especially fatty acid proportions. Recently, in organic farming, soybean meal has frequently been replaced with feedstuffs that are rich in protein. The aim of the present…

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