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Technique in ME Assays Explained

07 October 2011

IRELAND - A new book is available on techniques in metabolisable energy (ME) assays for poultry.

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the Technique in Metabolizable Energy Assays for Poultry. Edition No. 1 book to their offering.

Most developing countries are facing difficulties in providing sufficient animal protein for their population. The cost of feed is very high and this has made livestock production very expensive. Since energy is one of the most expensive segments of a poultry ration, accurate knowledge of the available energy content of feedstuffs is necessary to formulate the most economical least-cost rations.

This research work determines:

  • the true metabolisable energy (TME) of maize pap waste (MPW) and rice milling waste (RMW)
  • the growth response of broilers to diets containing graded levels of MPW and RMW
  • the effects of dietary inclusion of MPW and RMW on internal organs and nutrient retention of broiler birds, and
  • the cost-effectiveness of feeding broiler starters and finishers with diets containing graded levels of these agro-industrial by-products.

An important feature of the TME assay is the reproducibility of its data between laboratories. The findings are novel and should be recommended for feed millers, animal nutritionists and research institutions.

The book is written by Oduah Arinze, who studied Animal Science (B. Agric.) and Animal Nutrition (M.Sc.) in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He works with Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria as a Research officer. Oduah Arinze is interested in finding the possibilities of utilising agro-industrial by-products in animal nutrition.

For more information on the book, click here.

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