Sorghum Gluten Feed as a Component of Fat-Supplemented Diets for Broiler Chickens.

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El Smoual Bashir Hassan, Zyada
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This study was conducted to determine the influence of diet containing sorghum gluten feed (SGF) with or without supplemental vegetable fat (cottonseed oil) on the performance of broiler chickens. 2407-days broiler chicks allotted to the dietary treatments in a complete factorial arrangement (three levels of SGF 0, 15 and 30% and two levels of fat 0 and 5%). Diets were fed ad libitum access to broilers from 1st day to 7 weeks of age. Body weight and feed consumption were determined at 4 and 7 weeks of age. Dressing percentage and percentages of carcass cuts were also determined. Inclusion of SGF at 15% and 30% had no effect on feed intake, conversion ratio (kg feed consumed per kg of gain), weight gain and live body weight, during the first period whereas, it reduced (P<0.05) feed conversion ratio and weight gain during finisher period. The use of 5% fat in diets reduced (P<0.05) feed intake and improved (P<0.05) feed: gain ratio at all levels of SGF in the diets during both periods. There was a significant (P<0.05) interaction between dietary SGF and fat in feed conversion ratio during finisher period. Inclusion of neither SGF nor fat had any effect on dressing percentage. There was an interaction (P<0.05) between dietary SGF and fat for all carcass cuts. Inclusion of 30% SGF in the diet increased (P<0.05) back and neck percentage, while 15% SGF increased (P<0.05) breast percentage, wings percentage (P<0.05) at both levels. The legs were not affected by any level of SGF. The addition of fat increased (P<0.05) back and neck percentage and reduced (P<0.05) wings percentage but had no effect on breast and leg percentage
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