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Evaluation of phytase concentration needed for growing–finishing commercial turkey toms

Roberson, K.D., Klunzinger, M.W., Charbeneau, R.A. and Orth, M.W. (2005) Evaluation of phytase concentration needed for growing–finishing commercial turkey toms. British Poultry Science, 46 (4). pp. 470-477.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00071660500190769
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Abstract

1. Growth performance, serum bone markers, and bone strength and mineralisation were determined in tom turkeys grown from 9 to 17 weeks of age.

2. Dietary non-phytate phosphorus was formulated to be reduced by 1·0 g/kg in the low phosphorus diet compared to a control diet and phytase was added to provide 0, 150, 300, 450 or 600 units/kg activity to the low phosphorus diet.

3. From 9 to 12 weeks of age, body weight and gain:food were reduced by the low phosphorus diet without added phytase, compared to the adequate phosphorus diet. Increasing the concentration of phytase linearly increased these growth parameters. There were no significant growth responses at 17 weeks of age.

4. Serum osteocalcin was reduced by increasing dietary phosphorus at 12 weeks of age when growth was affected, but not at later ages. Serum pyridinoline was reduced by higher dietary phosphorus and decreased linearly with increasing phytase activity at 17 weeks of age.

5. Fracture force of the ulna and femur increased linearly with increasing phytase activity but bone strength was not affected when corrected for bone cross-sectional area. Bone strength of the ulna and ash concentration of the ulna and tibia were increased by higher dietary phosphorus. Humerus and ulna ash increased linearly with increasing phytase activity.

6. Water-soluble phosphorus content of the litter was increased by higher dietary phosphorus and addition of phytase to the low phosphorus diet. The increase in water-soluble phosphorus content of the litter when phytase was fed may indicate that phosphorus could be fed at a lower concentration than used in this trial, at least in the finisher diet when phytase is added to the food.

7. Bone fracture force, strength and ash were generally optimised when 450 units/kg phytase activity was added to the low phosphorus diet. However, growth performance was best in the grower I (9 to 12 weeks) phase when 600 units/kg phytase was added to the diet.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Copyright: 2005 British Poultry Science Ltd
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/5855
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