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Recently published articles from Animal Nutrition.

Vanadium in high-fat diets sourced from egg yolk decreases growth and antioxidative status of Wistar rats

Available online 2 July 2019
Jian-Ping Wang | Ren-Yong Cui | Xue-Mei Ding | Shi-Ping Bai | Qiu-Feng Zeng | Huan-Wei Peng | Ke-Ying Zhang

The objective of this paper was to evaluate the effect of vanadium (V) in high-fat diets sourced from egg yolk on body weight gain, feed intake, blood characteristics and antioxidative status of Wistar...

Antioxidant response and bioavailability of methionine hydroxy analog relative to DL-methionine in broiler chickens

Available online 2 July 2019
Youli Wang | Xiaonan Yin | Dafei Yin | Zhao Lei | Tahir Mahmood | Jianmin Yuan

This study was designed to compare the effect of methionine (Met) sources (DL-methionine [DLM] and DL-2-hydroxy-4-methylthio-butanoic acid [HMTBa]) and their supplementation levels on broiler growth...

Solid-state fermented plant protein sources in the diets of broiler chickens: A review

Available online 2 July 2019
Oladapo Olukomaiya | Chrishanthi Fernando | Ram Mereddy | Xiuhua Li | Yasmina Sultanbawa

Protein sources are the second most important component in poultry diets. Due to the fluctuation in price of soybean meal (SBM) and persistent increase in feed prices, nutritionists have been exploring...

Dietary β-glucan supplementation improves growth performance, carcass traits and meat quality of finishing pigs

Available online 1 July 2019
Junqiu Luo | Dafu Zeng | Long Cheng | Xiangbing Mao | Jie Yu | Bing Yu | Daiwen Chen

This experiment was conducted to investigate growth performance, carcass traits and meat quality of finishing pigs with dietary β-glucan supplementation. A total of 96 healthy pigs (Duroc × Landrace...

Dietary organic acid and fiber sources affect performance, intestinal morphology, immune responses and gut microflora in broilers

June 2019
Sakineh Sabour | Sayed A. Tabeidian | Ghorbanali Sadeghi

This experiment was designed to investigate the effects of a dietary organic acid (OA) mixture and 2 fiber sources on performance, intestinal morphology, immune responses and gut microflora in broilers....

Effects of dietary 1 alpha-hydroxycholecalciferol in calcium and phosphorous-deficient diets on growth performance, tibia related indices and immune responses in broiler chickens

June 2019
Parham Ghasemi | Majid Toghyani | Nasir Landy

This experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of dietary 1α-hydroxycholecalciferol (1α-OH-D3) in calcium (Ca)- and phosphorous (P)-deficient diets on growth performance, carcass characteristics,...

Influence of fibre and betaine on development of the gastrointestinal tract of broilers between hatch and 14 d of age

June 2019
Tiago T. dos Santos | Sthéfanie C. Dassi | Celia R.C. Franco | Cleber R.V. da Costa | Sophie A. Lee | Ana V. Fisher da Silva

An experiment was designed to determine the influence of fibre and betaine on the development of the intestine, liver and pancreas of broilers from hatch to 14 d of age. A total of 250-day-old Cobb...

Feed particle selection and nutrient intake altered by pecking stone consumption and beak length in free-range laying hens

June 2019
Zafar Iqbal | Kelly Drake | Robert A. Swick | Rider A. Perez-Maldonado | Isabelle Ruhnke

The present study investigated the effects of pecking stones on feeding behaviour of hens from 16 to 46 weeks of age. Eighteen flocks of Hy-Line Brown hens were housed in 2 commercial free-range housing...

Effect of different exogenous fatty acids on the cytosolic triacylglycerol content in bovine mammary cells

June 2019
Einar Vargas-Bello-Pérez | Juan J. Loor | Philip C. Garnsworthy

The objective of this study was to determine how cytosolic triacylglycerols (TAG) are stored in mammary cells and whether this depends on the individual chemical configuration of fatty acids (FA). This...

A multi-strain probiotic administered via drinking water enhances feed conversion efficiency and meat quality traits in indigenous chickens

June 2019
Judith A. Atela | Victor Mlambo | Caven M. Mnisi

Whereas the use of probiotics is commonplace in commercial production of improved chicken strains, little is known about the impact of these live microbial feed additives in indigenous chickens in South...

Laying hen performance, egg quality improved and yolk 5-methyltetrahydrofolate content increased by dietary supplementation of folic acid

June 2019
Sattar Bagheri | Hossein Janmohammadi | Ramin Maleki | Alireza Ostadrahimi | Ruhollah Kianfar

This study was performed to evaluate the effect of folic acid (FA) on performance, egg quality and yolk 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF) content. A total of 384 Hy-line W36 strain hens from 52 to 58...

Pre-cecal phosphorus digestibility for corn, wheat, soybean meal, and corn gluten meal in growing Japanese quails from 28 to 32 d of age

June 2019
Mahmoud Ghazaghi | Ahmad Hassanabadi | Mehran Mehri

The optimization of dietary phosphorus (P) depends on precise details of the P availability in feed ingredients to avoid excess or deficient P in a mixed diet. This study was carried out to measure...

Effects of saccharicterpenin on antioxidant status and urinary metabolic profile of rats

June 2019
Guangmang Liu | Jie Zheng | Xianjian Wu | Gang Jia | Hua Zhao | Xiaoling Chen | Caimei Wu | Jing Wang

Saccharicterpenin is a new green additive agent that is derived from the extract of Theaceae plants and has the ability to improve immunity and meat quality, increase the digestive enzyme activity,...

Effect of traditional Chinese medicine compounds on rumen fermentation, methanogenesis and microbial flora in vitro

June 2019
Shui Ping Wang | Wen Juan Wang | Zhi Liang Tan | Guo Wei Liu | Cheng Fu Zhou | Meng Jie Yin

This study was conducted to investigate the effects of traditional Chinese medicine compounds (TCMC) on rumen fermentation, methane emission and populations of ruminal microbes using an in vitro gas...

Is the kafirin profile capable of modulating the ileal digestibility of amino acids in a soybean meal-sorghum diet fed to pigs?

June 2019
Víctor A. Balderrama-Pérez | José G. Gómez-Soto | Tércia C. Reis de Souza | Ericka R. Rodríguez | Gerardo Mariscal-Landín

The effects of kafirins on protein and amino acid ileal digestibility have not been evaluated in vivo in pigs. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of protein profile on apparent ileal...

Reduced dietary nitrogen with a high Lys:CP ratio restricted dietary N excretion without negatively affecting weaned piglets

June 2019
Hongnan Liu | Li Wu | Hui Han | Yuying Li | Lijian Wang | Jie Yin | Wenjun Fan | Miaomiao Bai | Jiming Yao | Xingguo Huang | Tiejun Li

We hypothesized that balancing the content of exogenous amino acids, especially lysine, to reduce protein content in swine diets could reduce nitrogen (N) pollution associated with animal husbandry....

Sampling duration and freezing temperature influence the analysed gastric inositol phosphate composition of pigs fed diets with different levels of phytase

June 2019
Steven Laird | Imke Kühn | Michael R. Bedford | Hayley Whitfield | Helen M. Miller

This experiment was conducted to determine the effects of time and freezing temperature during sampling on gastric phytate (myo-inositol [MYO] hexakisphosphate [InsP6]), lower inositol phosphates (InsP2–5)...

Feed intake pattern of broiler chickens under intermittent lighting: Do birds eat in the dark?

June 2019
Inês Rodrigues | Mingan Choct

This paper reflects the results of a short experiment conducted in parallel with a larger trial which aimed to test the assumption that ‘consumption of feed by broiler chickens during periods of darkness...

Growth performance, meat quality, and bone-breaking strength in broilers fed dietary rice hull silicon∗

June 2019
Sarawoot Nakhon | Sonthaya Numthuam | Rangsun Charoensook | Wandee Tartrakoon | Papichaya Incharoen | Tossaporn Incharoen

Bone problems have been a key issue that perilously affects broilers' health and welfare, resulting in severe economic loss. The present study was aimed at investigating the influence of dietary rice...

Prospects of HSP70 as a genetic marker for thermo-tolerance and immuno-modulation in animals under climate change scenario

Available online 28 June 2019
Faiz-ul Hassan | Ayesha Nawaz | Muhammad S. Rehman | Muhammad A. Ali | Syed M.R. Dilshad | Chengjian Yang

Heat stress induced by long periods of high ambient temperature decreases animal productivity, leading to heavy economic losses. This devastating situation for livestock production is even becoming...

In vitro growth of gut microbiota with selenium nanoparticles

Available online 27 June 2019
Sheeana Gangadoo | Benjamin W. Bauer | Yadav S. Bajagai | Thi Thu Hao Van | Robert J. Moore | Dragana Stanley

The application of nanoparticles rose steeply in the last decade, where they have become a common ingredient used in processed human food, improving food properties such as shelf life and appearance....

Dietary supplementation of Bacillus coagulans or yeast hydrolysates on growth performance, antioxidant activity, cytokines and intestinal microflora of growing-finishing pigs

Available online 27 June 2019
Runqi Fu | Daiwen Chen | Gang Tian | Ping Zheng | Xiangbing Mao | Jie Yu | Jun He | Zhiqing Huang | Yuheng Luo | Bing Yu

This study was to investigate the effects of dietary supplementation of Bacillus coagulans (BC) and yeast hydrolysates (YH) on growth performance, antioxidant activity, cytokines and intestinal microflora...

Peanut skin in diet alters average daily gain, ruminal and blood metabolites, and carcass traits associated with Haemonchus contortus infection in meat goats☆

Available online 24 June 2019
Byeng R. Min | Abrahamsen Frank | Nar Gurung | Jung H. Lee | Jong W. Joo | Wilmer Pacheco

The aim of this study was to determine the effects of tannin-rich peanut skin (PS) supplementation on growth performance, ruminal and blood metabolites, and carcass traits associated with internal parasite...

Glycerol use in dairy diets: A systemic review

Available online 22 June 2019
Ahmed E. Kholif

There is an increasing interest in the production of biodiesel as bio-renewable fuel source, with numerous biofuel byproducts becoming available. The annual productions of biodiesel and crude glycerol...

Effects of dietary fiber and threonine on performance, intestinal morphology and immune responses in broiler chickens

Available online 22 June 2019
Nasim Saadatmand | Majid Toghyani | Abbasali Gheisari

The present experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of fiber and threonine (Thr) on growth performance, intestinal morphology and immune responses of broiler chickens. A total of 420 one-day-old...

A fermented rapeseed meal additive: Effects on production performance, nutrient digestibility, colostrum immunoglobulin content and microbial flora in sows

Available online 22 June 2019
Eugeniusz R. Grela | Anna Czech | Martyna Kiesz | Łukasz Wlazło | Bożena Nowakowicz-Dębek

This study was to assess the effect of fermented rapeseed meal (FRSM) in the diet of sows, taking into account the physiological period (pregnancy/lactation) and reproductive cycle (primiparous/multiparous...

Ginger extract enhances antioxidant ability and immunity of layers

Available online 13 June 2019
Shengying An | Guanzhong Liu | Xin Guo | Yahui An | Renyu Wang

The experiment was to investigate ginger extract on production performance, antioxidant ability and immunity of Laying Hens. A total of 600 Hy-Line brown laying hens aged at 25 wk old were randomly...

Effects of stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) powder on laying performance, egg quality, and serum biochemical parameters of Japanese quails

Available online 1 June 2019
Nassim Moula | Ahmed Sadoudi | Leghel Touazi | Pascal Leroy | Fikremariam Geda

The aim of this experiment was to evaluate the effects of dietary supplementation of stinging nettle powder (SNP) on laying performance, egg quality, and some selected serum biochemical parameters of...

Grain free diets for utility dogs during training work: Evaluation of the nutrient digestibility and faecal characteristics

Available online 20 May 2019
Biagina Chiofalo | Giulia De Vita | Vittorio Lo Presti | Salvatore Cucinotta | Gabriella Gaglio | Francesco Leone | Ambra R. Di Rosa

Two different diets characterized by the absence of cereals or by the presence of conventional cereals were evaluated on the nutrient digestibility and faecal characteristics and faecal fermentative...

Dietary supplementation of xylanase and protease on growth performance, digesta viscosity, nutrient digestibility, immune and oxidative stress status, and gut health of newly weaned pigs

Available online 11 May 2019
Marcos E. Duarte | Fang X. Zhou | Wilson M. Dutra | Sung Woo Kim

This study was to investigate the effect of dietary supplementation with xylanase and protease on growth performance, digesta viscosity, apparent ileal digestibility (AID) of nutrients, and gut health...

Fermentation characteristics of resistant starch, arabinoxylan, and β-glucan and their effects on the gut microbial ecology of pigs: A review

Available online 9 May 2019
Utsav P. Tiwari | Amit K. Singh | Rajesh Jha

Dietary fibers (DF) contain an abundant amount of energy, although the mammalian genome does not encode most of the enzymes required to degrade them. However, a mutual dependence is developed between...

Expression of antioxidant genes in broiler chickens fed nettle (Urtica dioica) and its link with pulmonary hypertension

Available online 9 May 2019
Behnam Ahmadipour | Fariborz Khajali

Nettle (Urtica dioica) contains a wide range of chemical constituents that confer a strong antioxidant capacity to the plant. The present study was to investigate the antioxidant gene expression and...

Cloning, expression pattern, and potential role of MAPKp38 and NF-κBp65 in response to lipopolysaccharide in yellow catfish (Pelteobagrus fulvidraco)

Available online 4 May 2019
Dan Shi | Ye Zhao | Lin Feng | Yang Liu | Wei-Dan Jiang | Pei Wu | Juan Zhao | Jun Jiang | Xiao-Qiu Zhou

Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK) and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) pathways are considered to be two crucial intracellular signaling cascades in pro-inflammatory responses. In this study, we...

Evaluation of Calendula officinalis L. (marigold) flower as a natural growth promoter in comparison with an antibiotic growth promoter on growth performance, carcass traits and humoral immune responses of broilers

Available online 30 April 2019
Marjan Foroutankhah | Majid Toghyani | Nasir Landy

The objective of this experiment was to investigate the effects of dried powder of Calendula officinalis L. (marigold) flower as an antibiotic growth promoter substitute on growth performance, organ...

Daily expression of sodium-dependent glucose cotransporter-1 protein in jejunum during rat ontogeny

Available online 27 April 2019
Juan I. Bastón | Fabricio D. Cid | Enrique Caviedes-Vidal | Juan G. Chediack

It is widely known that intestinal capacities such as the enzymatic hydrolysis of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins, and the subsequent absorption of the hydrolyzed products, are evolutionary matched...

Influence of dietary hydrogenated palm oil supplementation on serum biochemistry and progesterone levels in dairy goats

Available online 26 April 2019
Raffaella Tudisco | Nadia Musco | Maria E. Pero | Valeria M. Morittu | Micaela Grossi | Vincenzo Mastellone | Gina Cavaliere | Metha Wanapat | Federico Infascelli | Pietro Lombardi

The aim of this research was to investigate the influence of hydrogenated palm oil (HPO) added to a dairy goat diet on serum biochemistry and progesterone levels. Thirty pregnant Cilentana dairy goats...

Effects of phytonutrients on growth performance, antioxidative status, and energy utilization of broilers fed low energy diets

Available online 19 April 2019
Lei Yan | Sha An | Zunzhou Lv | Zhengguo Wang | Yueming Wu | Yutao Zhu | Min Zhao | Chunhua Sun | Mingbin Lv | Zhengpeng Zhu | Yuming Guo

Two experiments were conducted to investigate the effects of phytonutrients (PN) on growth performance, antioxidant status, intestinal morphology, and nutrient utilization of birds fed low energy diets....

Dietary sources and levels of selenium supplements affect growth performance, carcass yield, meat quality and tissue selenium deposition in broilers

Available online 17 April 2019
Reza Bakhshalinejad | Ahmad Hassanabadi | Robert A. Swick

This study examined the effects of sources and levels of selenium (Se) on performance, carcass parts yield, meat quality and tissue Se concentration in broilers. A total of 960 one-day-old male broilers...

Coarse corn particles cause negative effect on eggshell quality of semi-heavy laying hens

Available online 11 April 2019
Vanessa R.M. Oliveira | Alex M.V. Arruda | Aurora S. Melo | Davyd H. Souza | João B.F. Souza-Junior | Raimunda T.V. Fernandes | João P.A.F. Queiroz

One of the possible ways to optimize the productive performance of poultry is through the physical processing of ingredients, which can improve the use of nutrients in these animals. In this context,...

Impact of zinc and arginine on antioxidant status of weanling piglets raised under commercial conditions

Available online 5 April 2019
Nadia Bergeron | Frédéric Guay

The effects of dietary zinc and L-arginine supplements on the weight gain, feed efficiency, antioxidant capacity and oxidative status of weanling piglets raised under commercial conditions were examined....

On growth performance, nutrient digestibility, blood T lymphocyte subsets, and cardiac antioxidant status of broilers

March 2019
Wenying Huo | Min Li | Jianping Wang | Zhixiang Wang | Yanqun Huang | Wen Chen

Different lipid sources differ in the fatty acid profiles and differently affect growth performance as well as immune function of broilers. The influences of different dietary lipid sources on growth...

Effect of arabinoxylo-oligosaccharides and arabinoxylans on net energy and nutrient utilization in broilers

March 2019
Natalie K. Morgan | Chake Keerqin | Andrew Wallace | Shu-Biao Wu | Mingan Choct

Arabinoxylo-oligosaccharides (AXOS) are hydrolytic degradation products of arabinoxylans (AX) that can be fermented by the gut microbiota, thus potentially displaying prebiotic properties. This study...

Growth performance, nutrient digestibility, and slaughter traits of male fattening lambs under different feeding standards

March 2019
Tao Ma | Fan Wan | Dong Yang | Kaidong Deng | Kailun Yang | Qiyu Diao

This study compared the growth performance, nutrient utilization, and slaughter traits of Dorper crossbred male lambs fed as per the established nutrition recommendations for sheep, with an aim to verify...

Feeding of processed vegetable wastes to bulls and its potential environmental benefit

March 2019
Nani G. Das | Khan S. Huque | Sardar M. Amanullah | Harinder P.S. Makkar

The study was conducted with the objectives to quantify year round availability of different vegetables waste (VW) in a wholesale market and to determine the inclusion level of a processed VW (VWP)...

Influence of drying technique on chemical composition and ruminal degradability of subtropical Cajanus cajan L.

March 2019
Lindokuhle S. Buthelezi | John F. Mupangwa | Voster Muchenje | Florence V. Nherera-Chokuda

The experiment investigated the influence of forage drying methods on the dry-matter digestibility of foliage from Cajanus cajan varieties (ICEAP 00557, ICEAP 01514 and CIMMYT100/01). These leaves were...

Productive performance, egg quality, hematological parameters and serum chemistry of laying hens fed diets supplemented with certain fat-soluble vitamins, individually or combined, during summer season

March 2019
Mohamed E. Abd El-Hack | Mahmoud Alagawany | Khalid M. Mahrose | Muhammad Arif | Muhammad Saeed | Muhammad A. Arain | Rab N. Soomro | Farman A. Siyal | Sarfraz A. Fazlani | Justin Fowler

This present study aimed to determine the efficacy of supplementing layer diets with vitamin A (0, 8,000 and 16,000 IU/kg diet) and vitamin E (0, 250 and 500 mg/kg diet) either individually or in combination...

Growth performance, gastrointestinal weight, microbial metabolites and apparent retention of components in broiler chickens fed up to 11% rice bran in a corn-soybean meal diet without or with a multi-enzyme supplement

March 2019
Juan Sanchez | Aizwarya Thanabalan | Tanka Khanal | Rob Patterson | Bogdan A. Slominski | Elijah Kiarie

We investigated the effects of adding up to 11% rice bran (RB) in corn-soybean meal diets fed to broiler chickens without or with a multi-enzyme supplement (MES). The MES supplied xylanase, β-glucanase,...

Broiler gut microbiota and expressions of gut barrier genes affected by cereal type and phytogenic inclusion

March 2019
Vasileios Paraskeuas | Konstantinos C. Mountzouris

The present study assessed the effects of cereal type and the inclusion level of a phytogenic feed additive (PFA) on broiler ileal and cecal gut microbiota composition, volatile fatty acids (VFA) and...

Performance effects of feed-borne Fusarium mycotoxins on broiler chickens: Influences of timing and duration of exposure

March 2019
Anhao Wang | Natacha S. Hogan

In commercial practice, broiler chickens may be exposed to Fusarium mycotoxins either during specific growth stages or throughout the entire production cycle. A 34-day feeding trial was conducted to...

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