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Effect of less intensive rearing conditions on litter characteristics, growth performance, carcase injuries and meat quality of broilers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18836896     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
1. The objective was to compare the effect of two litter types (wheat straw and wood shavings) and two different rearing conditions (Treated and Control) on welfare indicators, broiler performance, carcase injuries, particularly hock and foot pad dermatitis (FPD), litter characteristics and meat quality. 2. Treated conditions were characterised by a low stocking density (11 birds/m(2)), short photoperiod (16 h light: 8 h dark) and a large amount of litter (3 to 4.5 kg/m(2), respectively, for wheat straw or wood shavings). Control conditions were a high stocking density (14 birds/m(2)), long photoperiod (23 h light:1 h dark) and small amount of litter (2.3 to 3 kg/m(2), respectively, for wheat straw or wood shavings). In addition, the effects of two widely used litter materials, wheat straw and wood shavings, were investigated. 3. The combined effects of lower stocking density, greater amount of litter material and a photoperiod similar to the natural one, reduced the occurrence of FPD in Treated groups keeping the FPD score under the European threshold. 4. Improved rearing conditions led to faster growth rate associated with inferior feed efficiency, whereas litter type exerted negligible effects on broiler performance. 5. Litter moisture content, nitrogen and ammonia released by the litter were lower in Treated groups than Control groups. The use of wood shavings resulted in lower moisture and nitrogen concentrations in the litter.
A Meluzzi; C Fabbri; E Folegatti; F Sirri
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British poultry science     Volume:  49     ISSN:  1466-1799     ISO Abbreviation:  Br. Poult. Sci.     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-06     Completed Date:  2009-01-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  15740290R     Medline TA:  Br Poult Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  509-15     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Food Science, Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna, Bologna.
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MeSH Terms
Ammonia / chemistry
Animal Husbandry / methods*
Animal Welfare
Body Composition
Chickens / growth & development*
Floors and Floorcoverings*
Foot Diseases / prevention & control,  veterinary
Housing, Animal
Nitrogen / chemistry
Poultry Diseases / prevention & control
Water / chemistry
Reg. No./Substance:
7664-41-7/Ammonia; 7727-37-9/Nitrogen; 7732-18-5/Water

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