Physicochemical composition and energy values of fish silage meal for broilers

C.R.C. Oliveira M.C.M.M. Ludke J.V. Ludke E.C. Lopes P.S. Pereira G.T.G. Cunha About the authors

The objective of this research was to determine the physical and chemical composition energy value and digestibility of four fish silage meal for broilers. Four flours were produced from fish silage using the residue of tilapia filleting ensiled together with different sources of fermentable carbohydrates. We analyzed the physical and chemical composition of silages and then a metabolism trial with 180 male Cobb chicks 14-25 days old, and also evaluated gastrintestinal transit time of feed and performance of birds in cages. The animals were distributed in a completely randomized design with five treatments and six replicates of six birds each. Treatments consisted of a reference diet and four test diets composed of 60% of the reference diet with the inclusion of 40% of the residue of tilapia silage with different sources of carbohydrates, and the fish silage meal with bran mesquite (SFA) with the scan cassava flour (SFVM) with corn meal (SFM), and peel cassava (SCM). The SFM had the highest content of CP, 22.38%, EE, 27.35%, and the largest transit time with 195.0 min, the SCM showed the highest MM, 11.12%. The AME and AMEn of flour fish silage did not differ significantly between them. The biggest and best GP CA was presented by animals in the SFM treatment and the worse CA GP was for broilers fed diets containing SFVM. Based on the composition obtained, these fish silage have the potential to be used in diets for broilers.

broiler; alternative food; energy intake; fish silage; performance

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