TITLE

Effects of Sepiolite Usage in Broiler Diets on Performance, Carcass Traits and Some Blood Parameters

AUTHOR(S)
Eser, Handan; Yalçin, Sakine; Yalçin, Suzan; Şehu, Adnan
PUB. DATE
March 2012
SOURCE
Kafkas Universitesi Veteriner Fakultesi Dergisi;2012, Vol. 18 Issue 2, p313
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study was carried out to determine the effects of dietary sepiolite on performance, carcass traits and some blood parameters of broilers. A total of 204 daily Ross 308 female broiler chicks were allocated into one control group and two treatment groups each containing 68 chicks. Sepiolite was used at the level of 0%, 0.5% and 1% for the diets of control group and the first and second treatment groups, respectively. The experimental period lasted 6 weeks. Supplemental sepiolite improved body weight (P<0.01) and overall body weight gain (P<0.05). No differences were observed in feed intake, feed efficiency, carcass yield and the relative weights of gizzard, liver, heart, spleen and Bursa Fabricus among groups. The relative weight of abdominal fat and the levels of serum cholesterol and serum triglyceride were reduced with 1% sepiolite inclusion in the diet. Blood serum levels of total protein were not affected by sepiolite. It is concluded that 1% sepiolite in the diets of broiler increase body weight gain and reduce the relative weight of abdominal fat and the levels of serum cholesterol and triglyceride.
ACCESSION #
74554441

 

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