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The South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) has changed the way the journal submission process is handled. An Online Journal Management System  had been developed in collaboration with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) to facilitate the Journal Submission & Review Process.

Authors are kindly requested to submit all future articles for publication in the SA Journal of Animal Science via the Online Journal Management system.

If you experience any problems with the system, please contact the Editor at sajas.eic@gmail.com.

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Orelha de Elefante Mexicana (Opuntia stricta [Haw.] Haw.) spineless cactus as an option in crossbred dairy cattle diet

  • 2018
  • Issue: 3
  • Volume: 48
R. C. Silva, M. A. Ferreira, J. C. V. Oliveira, D. C. Santos, M. A. S. Gama, J. C. C. Chagas, J. G. Inácio, E. T. S. Silva & L. G. R. Pereira Page: 516 - 525

A new genotype of spineless cactus is being used in the diets of dairy cattle that are raised in semi-arid regions. However, little is known about its nutritional value. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of replacing Miúda (Nopalea…

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Effects of vitamin B6 and tryptophan on pork quality and amount of lean meat in gilts of 70–100 kg bodyweight

  • 2018
  • Issue: 3
  • Volume: 48
L.D. Castilha, L.A.C. Esteves, L.P. Bonagurio, L.M.D. Huepa, M.R. Fachinello, M.S.S. Pozza, A.C. Furlan & P.C. Pozza Page: 535 - 544

Supplementary tryptophan in pig diets has shown improvement in carcass traits and pork quality by reducing the animals' response to stress at slaughter. Vitamin B6 could enhance this response since it acts as an enzymatic cofactor of many tryptophan pathways.…

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Evaluation of golden needle mushroom (Flammulina velutipes) stem waste on pullet performance and immune response

  • 2018
  • Issue: 3
  • Volume: 48
S.U. Mahfuz, M. Chen, J.S. Zhou, S. Wang, J. Wei, Z. Liu & H. Song Page: 563 - 571

The driving force behind the interest in using natural herbs in poultry production is to eliminate the use of low-dose antibiotics. Therefore, this study was carried out to investigate the effect of Flammulina velutipes mushroom waste (FVW) on performance parameters,…

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Application of the climate analogue concept in assessing the probable physiological and haematological responses of Friesian cattle to changing and variable climate in the Kenyan Highlands

  • 2018
  • Issue: 3
  • Volume: 48
J.C. Wangui, B.O. Bebe, J.O. Ondiek & S.O. Oseni Page: 572 - 582

Friesian cattle are considered the most sensitive to climate change-induced thermal stress and remain the major dairy breed in Kenya. This study applied the climate analogue concept to predict probable physiological and haematological responses of Friesian cattle in the 2050s…

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Effects of non-steroidal growth implant and dietary zilpaterol hydrochloride on growth and carcass characteristics of feedlot lambs

  • 2018
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 48
E.C Webb, J. Allen & S.D. Morris Page: 601 - 608

The effects of steroidal growth implants alone or in combination with β-adrenergic agonist feed additives have not been studied thoroughly in mutton sheep in South African feedlot conditions. This study investigated the effects of a non-steroidal growth implant zeranol (Ralgro®),…

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Effects of fermented bamboo vinegar liquid on growth performance, nutrient digestibility, faecal Escherichia coli concentration and ammonia emissions in growing pigs

  • 2018
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 48
S.T. Ahmed, H-S. Mun, S-B. Son & C-J. Yang Page: 621 - 626

Fermented bamboo vinegar liquid (FBVL) was prepared through liquid fermentation of bamboo vinegar with multispecies probiotics, and its effect on growing pigs was investigated. A 42-day feeding trial with 84 growing pigs (28.0 ± 0.08 kg) was conducted to evaluate…

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Effects of air temperature on physiology and productive performance of pigs during growing and finishing phases

  • 2018
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 48
R.F. Oliveira, R.H.R. Moreira1, M.L.T. Abreu, M.P. Gionbelli, A.O. Teixeira, V.S. Cantarelli & R.A. Ferreira Page: 627 - 635

Thirty-six castrated male pigs were used to determine the influence of thermal environment and reduction of consumption on performance and carcass composition. Animals were housed in two climate chambers. In one, animals were in thermal comfort (TN) (22 °C), and…

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