Distiller’s Dried Grains with Solubles as nontraditional feed for broiler, camel and lamb fattening


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12-AGR2495-02

Distiller’s Dried Grains with Solubles as nontraditional feed for broiler, camel and lamb fattening

Agriculture Technology

Fodder

- Distiller dried grain with soluble (DDGS) was recently considered as a feed supplement in Saudi Arabia (SA), which is suffering from a continuous shortage of livestock feed for the livestock. Therefore, the main objective of this project will be to assess the effects of different levels of DDGS from corn on growth performance, meat quality traits, nutrient digestibility, lipid peroxidation in plasma and tissues and diversity of gastrointestinal bacterial species in fattening rations of broilers, camels and sheep. Experiments on the effects of inclusion rate, enzymes and toxin binders will be performed in 600 broiler chicks to assess the best inclusion rate of DDGS and to enhance the nutritive value with enzymes and toxin binders. In addition, thirty Majaheem camel calves and forty Najdi lambs will be used in another 90-day experiment. Those animals will be fed 4 levels of DDGS (20, 30, 40, and 50%), and blood will be collected from them on a weekly basis to measure the levels of different metabolites. All animals will be slaughtered at the end of the experiment for bacterial diversity and meat quality studies. It is expected that the results of this project will be very useful for future efforts in research and development and for the advancement of nontraditional animal feed in a climatically changing world.

• To assess the chemical composition and the presence of mycotoxins in DDGS imported to SA. • To study the effect of replacing corn and the combination of Soya bean meal (SBM) and barley with DDGS on growth performance, meat quality traits, nutrient digestibility, and the diversity of gastrointestinal bacterial species in broilers, camel calves and lambs • To determine whether DDGS exhibits any negative effects on broilers, camels or sheep by studying lipid peroxidation in plasma and tissues • To enhance the nutritive value of DDGS in broilers with enzyme technology and toxin binders. • To determine the effect of using DDGS on ruminal fermentation and the digestibility of nutrients • To determine the economics and feasibility of using DDGS in the fattening rations of growing camels and lambs.

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