Poultry Studies 2015, Vol 12, Num, 1     (Pages: 005-011)

Effects of Dietary Supplementation of Dried Distillers Grain with Solubles (DDGS) and Yucca (Yucca schidigera) on Broiler Performance, Carcass Traits, Intestinal Viscosity and Marketing

Savaş Sariozkan 1 ,Yusuf Konca 2 ,Berrin Kocaoglu Guclu 3 ,Kanber Kara 3 ,Nilay Ildiz 4 ,Figen Kirkpinar 5 ,Selma Buyukkiliç Beyzi 2 ,Mahmut Kaliber 2

1 Erciyes University Faculty of Veterinary, Department of Animal Health Economics and Management, 38039 Kayseri-Turkey
2 Erciyes University Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science, 38039, Kayseri-Turkey
3 Erciyes University Faculty of Veterinary, Department of Animal Nutrition and Nutritional Diseases, 38039 Kayseri-Turkey
4 Erciyes University Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmasotic Microbiology, 38039 Kayseri-Turkey
5 Ege University Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science, 35030 İzmir-Turkey
- This study was conducted to determine the effects of diet supplementation of dried distillers` grain with soluble (DDGS) and yucca (Yucca schidigera) on broiler performance, intestinal viscosity, carcass traits, and marketing. A total of 360, 21-d-old male broiler chickens were divided into 4 groups as 1: Control (C, corn based diet, without DDGS and yucca (Y) supplementation), 2: DDGS (30%), 3: C + Y (120 mg/kg Yucca) and 4: DDGS (30%) + Y (120 mg/kg) with 6 replicates (15 chicks x 6 replicates). The study was performed between 21 to 42 days of age. As a result, there were no significant differences among the groups in terms of body weight, body weight gain, feed consumption, feed conversion ratio and mortality rate (P>0.05). The carcass traits and effects of different marketing type (whole sale or cutting parts) on profit were compared. A slight decrease was determined in group 4 in terms of leg quarter ratio to cold carcass weight and carcass yield. Intestinal viscosity, bacterial counts and pH values (duodenum and ileum) were not different among the groups (P>0.05). The lowest production cost was determined in DDGS and DDGS+Y groups (P<0.05). Consequently, the supplementation of DDGS and yucca were not improve the performance and carcass traits and the use of 30% DDGS in broiler diets provided significant reduction in production cost and the marketing of broilers as cuts much profitable than wholesale. Keywords : Broiler, DDGS, yucca, carcass, profit