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Identification of genomic regions that contribute to wet carcass syndrome in sheep

  • 2019
  • Issue: 5
  • Volume: 49
L. van der Westhuizen, M.D. MacNeil, M.M. Scholtz & F.W.C. Neser Page: 845 - 856

Wet carcass syndrome (WCS), which is observed predominantly in sheep, affects carcass quality negatively. After slaughter the carcass appears to be ‘wet’ with a subcutaneous accumulation of watery fluid. Not all animals in a contemporary group are afflicted, and experimental…

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Effects of clove powder supplementation on performance, blood biochemistry, and immune responses in broiler chickens

  • 2019
  • Issue: 5
  • Volume: 49
S.I. Al-Mufarrej, E.H. Fazea, H.H. Al-Baadani & M.M. Qaid Page: 835 - 844

The goal of this study was to evaluate the effects of clove (Syzygium aromaticum) supplementation levels on performance, blood parameters, and immune response of broilers. A total of 336 one-day-old broilers were assigned to one of eight treatments: 1% to…

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Effects of dietary inclusion of Opuntia ficus-indica on the glycemia and productive performance in lactating sows

  • 2019
  • Issue: 5
  • Volume: 49
G. Ordaz, A. Juárez, K. Vargas, R.E. Pérez & R. Ortiz Page: 824 - 834

Sows with increased blood glucose during late gestation may have decreased feed intake in lactation. Supplying dietary fibre to the sow reportedly modulates blood glucose and improves feed intake. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of…

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Effects of legume seeds and processing treatment on growth, carcass traits and blood constituents of fattening lambs

  • 2019
  • Issue: 5
  • Volume: 49
A. Lestingi, M. A. Colonna, G. Marsico, S. Tarricone & A. M. Facciolongo Page: 799 - 809

This study aimed to evaluate the effects of faba bean, white lupin and pea seed when fed as protein supplements on growth performance, carcass characteristics and haematological characteristics of growing lambs. Forty-eight Gentile di Puglia male lambs, weaned at 38…

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Effects of dietary extruded linseed (Linum usitatissimum L.) on performance and meat quality in Podolian young bulls

  • 2019
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 49
S. Tarricone, M.A. Colonna, F. Giannico, A.M. Facciolongo, A. Caputi Jambrenghi & M. Ragni Page: 781 - 789

This study compared effects of a diet containing 3% extruded linseed (EL) (Linum usitatissimum L.) with a control diet (C) on growth, carcass traits, and meat quality in young Podolian bulls. After 208 days on feed, the bulls were slaughtered…

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Effects of selenium and flaxseed on selenium content and antioxidant properties of eggs and immune response in hens

  • 2019
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 49
H. Moslehi, B. Navidshad, S.D. Sharifi & F.M. Aghjegheshlagh Page: 770 - 780

This study aimed to evaluate effects of supplementing the diets of laying hens with different sources of Se and different levels of flaxseed on egg Se concentration, yolk antioxidant properties and immune response. In a completely randomized design, 384 Hy-Line…

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Oregano essential oil in the diet of broilers: performance, carcass characteristics, and blood parameters

  • 2019
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 49
G. Eler, A.V.C. Gomes, B.S. Trindade, L.S.L. Almeida, F. Dilelis, V.S. Cardoso & C.A.R. Lima Page: 753 - 762

Efficacy of the phytogenic feed additive oregano essential oil (OEO) (Origanum vulgare L.) was assessed as an alternative to an antibiotic as a growth promoter (AGP) in broiler diets. Three hundred male broiler chicks were assigned to five treatments, which consisted of diets with…

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Growth performance, carcass traits, and blood biochemistry of broiler chicks fed with low-fibre sunflower meal and phytase

  • 2019
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 49
G. Ciurescu, A. Vasilachi, D. Grigore & H. Grosu Page: 735 - 745

This study was designed to evaluate the impact of graded replacements of soybean meal (SBM) with low-fibre sunflower meal (LF-SFM), with and without phytase supplementation, on growth performance, carcass traits, and plasma profile of broilers. A total of 800 mixed…

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Lactation performance and blood metabolites in lactating dairy cows micro-supplemented with Moringa oleifera leaf meal

  • 2019
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 49
T.W. Kekana, U. Marume, C.M. Muya & F.V. Nherera-Chokuda Page: 709 - 716

This study examined the effects of micro-supplementation of Moringa oleifera leaf meal on lactation performance and blood metabolites of lactating dairy cows. Thirty Jersey cows (± 40 days in milk (DIM)) were supplemented with Moringa oleifera leaf meal (M) at…

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Effects of sea-buckthorn leaves on performance and serum metabolic profiles in Altay lambs

  • 2019
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 49
Yan-Feng Liu, Jun-Li Niu, Shu-ZhenTang, Cun-Xi Nie, Wen-Ju Zhang, Chun-Yan Guo, Guang-Tian Hou, Wen-Qi Wang & Wen-Xia Ge Page: 717 - 726

In this study, the effects of sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L.) leaves (SL) on the biochemical parameters and metabolomic profiling in Altay lamb (Ovis aries) were observed. Sixty six-month-old male Altay lambs (body weight 28.0 ± 3.5 kg) were randomly assigned…

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Use of electrical bioimpedance analysis to evaluate the quality of bovine raw milk

  • 2019
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 49
L.L. Schumacher, J. Viégas, S. Naetzold, T.J. Tonin, L. Rocha, L. Cauduro, A.B. Moro & S.S. Robalo Page: 727 - 734

The objective of the present study was to use electrical bioimpedance analysis (BIA) as an alternative method of evaluating the quality of bovine raw milk. Fourteen lactating purebred Dutch cows were used. For the analyses of milk quality and electrical…

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PCR-RFLP-based identification of polymorphisms in BMPR1B, GDF9 and BMP15 genes associated with litter size in Beetal and Teddy goats

  • 2019
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 49
M. Islam, A. Basheer, K. Javed, A.A. Anjum & I. Zahoor Page: 697 - 708

The genes BMPR1B, GDF9 and BMP15 are oocyte-derived members of the transforming growth factor-β superfamily, which is essential for follicular growth and ovulation. The aim of the current study was to determine the incidence of reported mutations in exon 3…

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Reproductive and oxidative status of ewes supplemented with vitamin C during oestrous synchronization and early gestation

  • 2019
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 49
K. Pliego-Pliego, T. Sánchez-Torres, T. Salinas-Rios2, M.M. Crosby-Galván, C. Nava Cuéllar, J.L. Cordero Mora, J.L. Figueroa Velasco, A. Martínez-Aispuro & M. Cárdenas-León Page: 664 - 674

The objective of the study was to evaluate the reproductive efficiency and antioxidant status of ewes supplemented with two levels of vitamin C during oestrous synchronization and early gestation. Sixty-three ewes were allocated to three treatments, namely T0: control group;…

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Productive performance, blood biochemical variables and immune responses of laying hens fed diets containing various fat sources

  • 2019
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 49
S. Abbasi, J. Fakhraei, H.M. Yarahamdi & S. Khaghani Page: 675 - 683

This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of various fat sources on productive performance, blood biochemical variables and immune responses of laying hens. Laying hens were divided into seven groups, which received i) basal or control diet (no oil);…

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