Growth and body nutrient deposition of two broiler commercial genetic lines

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Marcato, S. M. [UNESP]
Sakomura, N. K. [UNESP]
Munari, D. P. [UNESP]
Fernandes, J. B.K. [UNESP]
Kawauchi, Í. M. [UNESP]
Bonato, M. A. [UNESP]

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Fundação APINCO de Ciência e Tecnologia Avícolas


The objective of this work was to study growth and body nutrient deposition profiles of male and female Cobb and Ross broilers using Gompertz equations. A total number of 1,920 one- to 56-day-old broilers were used. A randomized experimental design in a factorial arrangement (2 strains x 2 sex), with 4 replicates of 120 birds each, was applied. Diets were formulated to supply the nutrient requirements recommended by the genetic companies. A sample of birds was weekly weighed and sacrificed after 24 hours fasting. Carcasses were de-feathered and weighed again. The parameters of the Gompertz equation for body weight and its components (water, ashes, protein, and fat) were estimated. An interaction (p<0.05) between sex and breed was observed for mature weight (Wm) (kg), growth rate (b) (daily) and time at maximum growth rate (t*) (day) of body weight, and body water and ash. Cobb was presented earlier growth and body protein and ash deposition. Ross strain was superior in body water deposition.



Body composition, broilers, growth, Gompertz curves

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Revista Brasileira de Ciência Avícola. Fundação APINCO de Ciência e Tecnologia Avícolas, v. 10, n. 2, p. 117-123, 2008.