Utilization of mulberry leaf meal (Morus alba) as protein supplement in diets for laying hens
Al-kirshi, Riyadh Abbas and Alimon, Abdul Razak and Zulkifli, Idrus and Sazili, Awis Qurni and Wan Zahari, Mohamed and Ivan, Michel (2010) Utilization of mulberry leaf meal (Morus alba) as protein supplement in diets for laying hens. Italian Journal of Animal Science, 9 (3). pp. 265-267. ISSN 1594-4077
A 12-week feeding experiment was conducted to study the effects of inclusion of 0 (control; Diet A), 10% (Diet B), 15% (Diet C) and 20% (Diet D) of mulberry leaf meal (Morus alba) in the diet on production performance and egg quality of laying hens. Feeding mulberry leaf meal (MLM) reduced (P<0.05) the feed intake, egg production, egg weight and egg mass. However, feed conversion ratio was not affected (P>0.05). Shell weight and yolk weight were decreased (P<0.01), but shell thickness and albumen weight were not affected (P>0.05). Haugh units increased (P<0.001) as the level of MLM increased. Also, feeding MLM improved (P<0.001) the yolk color when compared with control. The results indicated the possibility of including up to 10% of mulberry leaf meal in diets of egg laying hens without adversely affecting the performance and egg quality.
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