The effect of natural Algasan pigment on yield and quality of Japanese quail meat

Document Type : Research Paper


1 M.Sc. Student, Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Lorestan University, Khorramabad, ‎Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Lorestan University, Khorramabad, Iran

3 Assistant Professor, Agricultural Jihad Research and Training Center of Lorestan Province, Khorramabad, Iran


To investigate the effect of different levels of Algasan pigment on the performance and meat quality of Ja[amease quail, 204 bird at day three of age, were randomly divided into four groups in three replications. Treatments included control diet (without pigment) or with 0.1, 0.2, and 0.3% (A1, A2, and A3) Algasan, respectively. In addition to recording performance data, at day 38 of age, two male quail were randomly selected from each exprimental unit to evaluate meat quality. Data were analyzed by SAS software and means were compared by Duncan test. The effect of different levels of pigment in quail diets on mean body weight gain, feed intake, feed conversion ratio, and live weight were not significant. But the highest carcass weight was observed in A1 treatment (118.33 g), the highest carcass yield in A3 treatment (73.36%), the highest light density in A1 treatment (2.029, 1.268, and 2.249%), and the highest water holding capacity in A3 treatment (4.720) (P≤0.05). The lowest meat pH, drip loss, and cooking loss showed in control (6.342), A2 (13.055%), and A3 (19.985%) treatments, respectively (P≤0.05). In general, Algasan pigment might be effective in improving some parameters of the performance and quality of quail meat.


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