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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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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Alchemilla vulgaris effects on egg production and quality expressed by heat-stressed quail during the late laying period

  • 2019
  • Issue: 5
  • Volume: 49
F. Akdemir, A. Köseman & I. Şeker Page: 857 - 868

Potential for mitigating effects of heat stress through dietary Alchemilla vulgaris (AV) supplementation during the late laying period of Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) were investigated. A 2 x 3 factorial arrangement of environmental temperature (ET) regimes and levels of…

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Natural feed additives for broiler chickens

  • 2019
  • Issue: 5
  • Volume: 49
F.M.F. Hayajneh Page: 869 - 875

The study aims to evaluate the effects of ginger root powder and apple cider vinegar as natural feed additives on growth performance, meat quality, antimicrobial activity, and blood parameters of broiler chicken. A total of 450 one-day-old unsexed broiler chicks…

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The in vitro investigation of lycopene effects on post-thawed ram sperm

  • 2019
  • Issue: 5
  • Volume: 49
H.M. Souza, L.C.P. Arruda, M.M. Monteiro, I.H.A.V. Nery, R.A.J. Araújo Silva, A.S. Oliveira, A.M. Batista & M.M.P. Guerra Page: 876 - 883

This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of lycopene on quality parameters of cryopreserved ram semen. Semen samples were collected from three Santa Inês rams to form a seminal pool (n = 8). Aliquots from each pool were diluted…

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