Document Type : Research Paper

Authors

1 MSc. Student of Animal Physiology Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Lorestan University, Khorramabad, Iran

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

3 Assistant Professor of Poultry Nutrition Agricultural Jihad Research and Training Center of Lorestan Province

4 Assistant Professor of Poultry Nutrition Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Lorestan University, Khorramabad, Iran

Abstract

To investigate the effect of different levels of Algasan pigment on the performance and quality of quail meat, 204 quails at the age of three days 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 38 days of age, two male quail were randomly selected from each replicate 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 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 were observed 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 can be effective in improving some parameters of the performance and quality of quail meat.

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