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Acta Scientiarum. Animal Sciences

On-line version ISSN 1807-8672

Abstract

DUARTE, Karina Ferreira et al. Digestible isoleucine requirements for 22- and 42-day-old broilers. Acta Sci., Anim. Sci. [online]. 2015, vol.37, n.1, pp.23-28. ISSN 1807-8672.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4025/actascianimsci.v37i1.24473.

Current experiment established different criteria to evaluate the requirements of digestible isoleucine for 22- and 42-day-old broilers by different regression models (quadratic, exponential and Linear Response Plateau) and, in the case of statistical significance, the comparison of means by Duncan's test at 5% probability. A total of 1,920 Cobb 500 male broilers were used in an entirely randomized experimental design, with 6 treatments (6 digestible isoleucine levels: 0.6118; 0.6655; 0.7192; 0.7729; 0.8265 and 0.8802%) and 8 replications, with 40 broilers each. Data on performance and carcass characteristics were evaluated. Level 0.7192% of digestible isoleucine was considered standard. The digestible isoleucine level recommended for 22- and 42-day-old broilers is 0.7729%, corresponding to a digestible isoleucine:lysine ratio of 72%.

Keywords : digestible amino acids; ideal protein; performance; regression analyses.

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