Performance of Broilers Fed on Apple Pomace Diets Supplemented with Enzyme(S)
Matoo F.A., Associate Professor, Animal Nutrition, Beat G.A., Associate Professor, Poultry Science, Banday M.T., Assistant Professor, Poultry Science, Ganaie T.A.S., Assistant Professor, Animal Breeding & Genetics
Division of Livestock Production & Management, S.K. University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology, Shuhama Alusteng, Srinagar, P.B. No. 135, G.P.O., SGR-90 001, India
Online published on 29 December, 2011.
In an experiment with broiler birds maize was replaced with dried apple pomace at 0, 10, 15 & 20 per cent levels with or without enzyme(s) supplementation. There was a significant (P<0.05) depression in body weight gain of birds when maize was replaced at 15 or 20 per cent level without enzyme supplementation. However, in the group of birds fed enzyme supplemented pomace above 10 per cent levels, body weight gain was compariable to those of control group. Differences in feed consumption at all levels of replacements except at 15 per cent replacement with enzyme supplementation were statistically non-significant. At 15 percent replacement with enzyme supplementation, the average feed consumption was significantly (P≤0.05) higher than all other treatment groups. Feed conversion efficiency decreased with increase in the level of apple pomace without any enzyme supplementation but enzyme supplementation Improved feed conversion efficiency of birds fed diets in which maize was replaced by apple pomace at 15 and 20 per cent levels. It could be concluded that enzyme supplementation improved the feed conversion efficiency of birds fed diets with 15 and 20 per cent replacements.
Broiler, Apple pomace, Enzyme(s), Growth rate.