Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/5868
Title: Intestinal function and gut microflora of broiler chickens as influenced by cereal grains and microbial enzyme supplementation
Contributor(s): Shakouri, Mir (author); Iji, Paul  (author); Mikkelsen, Lene Lind  (author); Cowieson, Aaron (author)
Publication Date: 2008
DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0396.2008.00852.x
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/5868
Abstract: A study was conducted to investigate the effect of the key cereal grains and a microbial enzyme supplement on broiler chicken performance, gut microflora and intestinal function. Ingestion of the barley-based diet was associated with low 28-day body weight, decreased feed intake and high FCR. The supplemental enzyme increased feed intake and weight gain of the chickens on a wheat-based diet. The pH of the gizzard and caecal contents varied with the grain type. Enzyme supplementation reduced ileal viscosity, particularly in birds that received the diet based on wheat. The birds on the barley-based diet had lower ileal digestibility of dry matter, protein and energy than those given maize and sorghum-based diets.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 93(5), p. 647-658
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Place of Publication: Germany
ISSN: 0931-2439
1439-0396
Field of Research (FOR): 070204 Animal Nutrition
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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