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Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 179–185 | Cite as

Fresh and stored copra meal in meat quail diets

  • Nadja Naiara Pereira FariasEmail author
  • Ednardo Rodrigues Freitas
  • Germano Augusto Jerônimo do Nascimento
  • Regina Patrícia Souza Xavier
  • Nádia de Melo Braz
  • Francisco Diego Teixeira Dantas
  • Carlos Weiber Silva Figueiredo
  • Valter Luis Maia Gomes
  • Pedro Henrique Watanabe
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Abstract

The aim of the current study was to evaluate the addition of fresh and stored copra meal to the diet of meat quails. Two hundred eighty-seven-day-old male and female quails were distributed in a completely randomized design, with five treatments, in a 2 × 2 + 1factorial arrangement. Two copra meal types (fresh and stored) at inclusion levels of 12.5% and 25%, respectively, were added to a corn-soybean meal-based diet, with seven replicates, of eight quails each. Copra meal acidity index recorded oleic acid percentage increase from 0.47 to 3.03% after six storage months. However, regardless of storage type, its addition to quails’ diet resulted in higher values of metabolizable energy, in lower feed intake and better feed conversion than corn-soybean meal diet. Copra meal addition to quails’ diet did not affect carcass traits, liver and pancreas relative weight, and bone growth and quality. Although copra meal storage for 180 days resulted in higher free fatty acid content in the provided feed, it can be used fresh or after storage, in diet of meat quails from 7 to 42 days of age up to 25%.

Keywords

Coturnix coturnix Alternative feedstuff Carcass traits Performance Oxidative rancidity 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors are grateful to CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development of Brazil) and to CAPES (Higher Education Personnel Training Coordination) for “Productivity in Research” grant and scholarships.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Statement of animal rights

The experiment was approved by the Ethics Committee on Animal Research of Federal University of Ceará (Protocol number 20/2013) and complied with the Ethical Principles of Animal Experimentation adopted by the Brazilian College of Animal Experimentation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nadja Naiara Pereira Farias
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ednardo Rodrigues Freitas
    • 1
  • Germano Augusto Jerônimo do Nascimento
    • 1
  • Regina Patrícia Souza Xavier
    • 1
  • Nádia de Melo Braz
    • 1
  • Francisco Diego Teixeira Dantas
    • 1
  • Carlos Weiber Silva Figueiredo
    • 1
  • Valter Luis Maia Gomes
    • 1
  • Pedro Henrique Watanabe
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de ZootecniaUniversidade Federal do Ceará, Campus do PiciFortalezaBrazil

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