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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 2007 | Volume: 10 | Issue: 24 | Page No.: 4426-4431
DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2007.4426.4431
 
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The Effect of Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) on Nutrient Intake, Digestibility and Finishing Performance of Lambs Fed a Diet Based on Dried Molasses Sugar Beet-Pulp

S. Payandeh and F. Kafilzadeh

Abstract:
This experiment was conducted to determine the effect of yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae, SC47) on finishing performance, digestibility, some blood metabolites and carcass characteristics of male lambs fed a diet based on dried Molasses Sugar Beet-Pulp (MSBP). Eighteen Sanjabi male lambs (20.95±2.7 kg initial body weight and 3 month of age) were used in a completely randomized design. Animals were assigned to one of the two dietary treatments (with or without yeast). Digestibility and nitrogen balance experiment was carried out using six mature rams on finishing diet with and without yeast. Serum metabolites were determined in samples taken from lambs at the end of finishing period. Dry matter digestibility of finishing diet was significantly increased by yeast addition. However, yeast did not have any significant effect on apparent digestibility of OM, NDF, CP and energy. Nitrogen retention was also not affected by yeast addition. Yeast resulted in a significant increase in the average daily gain, dry matter and organic matter intake. However, feed conversion ratio was not significantly affected by addition of yeast. The concentration of the serum metabolites including glucose, urea, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorous and cratinine were not affected significantly by yeast supplementation, but triglyceride concentrations increased significantly when yeast was fed. Addition of yeast to the diet did not have any significant effect on the carcass characteristics. Results of this study suggest that feeding saccharomyces cerevisiae with a diet based on MSBP can improve the performance of fattening lambs without any change in carcass characteristics or cuts.
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S. Payandeh and F. Kafilzadeh, 2007. The Effect of Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) on Nutrient Intake, Digestibility and Finishing Performance of Lambs Fed a Diet Based on Dried Molasses Sugar Beet-Pulp. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 10: 4426-4431.

DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.2007.4426.4431

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjbs.2007.4426.4431

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