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International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
Vol.2 (9), pp.311-320, September 2014
ISSN 2350-1561
Article 14/ID/ JPR148, 10 pages
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Original Research Article

The effect of different levels of dietary cottonseed oil on broiler chickens production

Mohammad Omer AbdalQadir1, Ahmed Amin Mohammed2, Kamal Abdalbagi Mohammad3, Ahlaam Mohammad4, *Sami Ahmed Arabi5

1Federal Ministry of Animal Sources and Fisheries, General Directorate Development of Animal Production, Development of Genetic Resources Departure-National Centre for animals Reproduction Sudan, Khartoum North.
2Department of Medicine, Pharmacology and Toxicology; Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Khartoum
3Departments of Animal Production, Faculty of Agricultural Studies, Sudan University of Science and Technology.
4Food Research Center, Ministry of Sciences and Technology.
5Faculty of Environmental Science and Natural Resources University of Al-Fashir P O Box 125 Sudan; Head Departments of Animal Production.

*Corresponding Author:E-mail samiarabi(at)
Tel.: +249912554816

date Received:     date Accepted: September 4, 2014     date Published:


The study was conducted to evaluate the effect of dietary cottonseed oil at different levels on broiler chickens,. Dietary Cottonseed oil (CSO) was tested for energy supplementation values in poultry at levels 0, 3, 6 and 9% utilizing isonitrgenous (22.5% CP), semi-isocaloric (3100Kcal/kg) rations and run in experiment. Ninety six (96) seven days-old unsexed Ross-308 broiler chicks with initial weight of 75g were used for each experiment in a completely randomized design (4×4×6). Chicks were fed for 50 days. Different levels of CSO were incorporated into the broiler diet for performance (with energy retention values determined by the comparative slaughter technique), on blood haemogram, serum metabolites, enzyme activities and electrolytes, slaughter and carcass data and economic appraisal. Supplementation with the oils improved performance (p>0.05) but CSO gave significant (p<0.05) values in final, weight gain and feed conversion ratio. Results of energy retention showed similar values in initial energy, but final and gained energy revealed significant (p<0.05) differences among treatment groups. Hematological values, serum metabolites, serum enzyme activities and serum electrolytes were not seen significantly (p>0.05) different. The effect of adding CSO on absolute slaughter weights showed no significant (p<0.05) differences except in heart and liver which were highest in the diet with CSO level of 6% (22.80±03.50 and 53.80±04.80, respectively) and with percent slaughter values, no significant (p>0.05) differences were recorded except for liver of group C (02.12±00.25) which was the highest, but CSO affected significantly (p<0.05) the drum and drum muscle absolute weight values, being highest in group C (260.00±21.60 and 192.50±25.00 respectively). The CSO treatment effect on all meat subjective values was not significant (p>0.05). Economically appraised values were profitability ratio (01.39) of group C (6% cottonseed oil) was the highest of the test groups.

Key words: cottonseed, dietary fat, broiler, economic profile, metabolizable energy

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