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Response of turkey poults to graded levels of Alphamune

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Author(s): S. A. Bolu, | O. I. Alli, | O. Oluyemi, | Olanigan, O. B | Akinsanya, O. J

Journal: Research Opinions in Animal & Veterinary Sciences
ISSN 2221-1896

Volume: 1;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 304;
Date: 2011;
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ABSTRACT
A study was conducted to assess the effects of feeding graded levels of Alphamune (a growth promoter and immunomodulator) on the performance, nutrient utilization, haematology, serum biochemistry, enzyme profile, histology and carcass evaluation using turkey poults. The birds were fed graded levels of Alphamune of 0.00%, 0.04%, 0.05% and 0.06%. Feed and water were provided ad libitum throughout the eight (8) week experimental period. There was no significant difference (P>0.05) in weight gain, feed to gain ratio, utilization of crude protein, fat and crude fiber, however, feed intake was significantly influenced (P0.05) except for haemoglobin concentration and, creatinine and potassium, respectively. Relative weights of the primal cuts were not significantly affected (P>0.05) except for wings and back. Histological study revealed increased degeneration of tissues with increased level of Alphamune, however, at inclusion levels of Alphamune above 0.05%, there was extensive infiltration of lymphocytes in the liver. Generally, inclusion of Alphamune in turkey poults diet improved their relative performance. A recommended dietary inclusion level of 0.05% is optimum for the health benefit of Turkeys.
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