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Consumer acceptance of meat depends on its colour and there is a negative bias in North America for broiler dark meat. Freezing and cooking leads to changes in meat characteristics and colour of broiler chicken thighs. The first experiment focused on the effect of freezing and cooking on broiler...
Foot pad dermatitis was identified as a welfare concern by the Alberta broiler industry. However, there are no published studies benchmarking foot pad dermatitis or methods of foot pad assessment recommended to producers in Alberta. Thus, the objectives of the thesis were to benchmark foot pad...
Nutritional strategies to mitigate the loss of broiler performance due to the elimination of prophylactic antibiotics were investigated, consisting of two nutrient density starter diets (HIGH: 3,025 kcal/kg and 23.9% CP; LOW: 2,858 kcal/kg and 22.3% CP), 25-OH-D3 (0 or 69 µg/kg), and bacitracin...
Experiments were conducted to determine the effects of nutrition, temperature during feed withdrawal, shackling duration, sex and age at processing on broiler quality. Low energy (94% of recommended) diets resulted in a lower percentage of carcass fat while increasing the percentage of carcass...
The effects of broiler breeder diet supplementation of canthaxanthin and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 and age on offspring performance traits and innate immune functionDownload
Experiments were conducted to understand the effect of dietary canthaxanthin (CXN) and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25-OHD3) on broiler breeder productivity, progeny performance traits and progeny innate immune function. Beginning at 22 wk of age, breeder hens were fed either 1) Control (Vitamin D3 at...