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Title: The effect of litter material on productivity and health of broiler chickens
Contributor(s): Ali, M A (author); Iji, Paul  (author); MacAlpine, R (author); Mikkelsen, Lene Lind  (author)
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: Many different litter materials are used for broiler production in Australia. In this study the effect of litter material on productivity and health of broilers was investigated. Broilers were reared on the following litter types; rice hulls, softwood sawdust, pine shavings, reused single batch litter (originally based on pine shavings), hardwood sawdust, shredded paper and chopped straw. Litter type significantly affected feed intake and growth to 21 days of age. However, the performance of broilers on all the litter types was comparable at 42 days of age. Although some litter materials stimulated gizzard development, this did not lead to differences in the microbial population in the digesta samples of the gizzard, ileum or caeca. Short chain fatty acids and lactic acid in the caecal contents showed variation caused by the different litter materials used.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: 20th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney, Australia, 9th - 11th February, 2009
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the 20th Annual Australian Poultry Science Symposium: Poultry Production in a time of Global Uncertainty, v.20, p. 77-80
Publisher: Poultry Research Foundation, University of Sydney
Place of Publication: Sydney, Australia
ISSN: 1034-6260
Field of Research (FoR) 2008: 070204 Animal Nutrition
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 830309 Poultry
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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