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Methionine Supplementation Options in Poultry

Author(s): V.H. Kalbande | K. Ravikanth | S. Maini | D.S. Rekhe

Journal: International Journal of Poultry Science
ISSN 1682-8356

Volume: 8;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 588;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: fatty liver | performance | growth | herbal methionine | DL-methionine | hypocholesterolemic

Methionine is essential or limiting amino acid for poultry. An experiment was conducted to determine the comparative efficacy of DL-methionine and herbal methionine supplement on growth and performance of broiler chickens. Three hundred commercial broiler (VenCobb) chicks were procured and randomly divided into three groups (n = 100), one control (T0) and two treatments (T1 and T2). All the groups were offered standard maize-soyabean meal based ration. T1 was offered herbal sources of methionine (Methiorep´┐Ż, supplied by Ayurvet Ltd., India) @1kg/tonne of feed and T2 was administered DL- methionine@ 1 kg/tonne of feed from 0-42 days. A significant improvement in overall growth and performance was observed in birds supplemented with methionine. This study demonstrates that herbal methionine can replace DL-methionine very efficiently when used at the rate 1 g/kg diet of commercial broiler chicken.
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