This project aims to examine whether formulation of lower dietary CP level in meat chicken feed can be realised and the matrix space spared by a reduction in the protein content exploited through the supplementation of bioactive fibre sources in the feed. This proposal consists of three broiler feeding studies which will be conducted in floor pens for 35 days at University of New England. Broiler chickens (Cobb 500) will be raised under conditions that is close to commercial practice. Performance including body weight and feed intake will be measured weekly and nutrient digestibility, gut morphology, gut microflora and digestive enzymes will be measured at sampling day (d 28). The litter will be scored, and welfare of birds litter will be determined at day 35.
University of New England
This project aims to examine whether the formulation of lower dietary CP level in meat chicken feed can be realised through the supplementation of different sources of insoluble fibre and protease in the feed. The outcomes of this project will lead to the more effective use of protein in broiler diets to potentially reduce the cost of feed, enhance gut health, minimise the incidence of wet litter and mitigate the nitrogen excretion from birds that results from undigested protein.
Project Start Date
Friday, July 12, 2019
Project Completion Date
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Journal Articles From Project
An environmentally sustainable Australia
Adoption of R&D
CME-Improve chicken meat production through the whole supply chain