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Livestock Production
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 11:02:54 AM
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Wheat starch digestion rate affects broiler performance
 
A. Gutierrez del Alamo, M. W. A. Verstegen ,  L. A. Den Hartog, P. Perez de Ayala, and M. J. Villamide

 

 
Wheat is a common raw material in European broiler diets because of its high availability, good price and its lack of pigments. Therefore, it is relatively common to find wheat as the only cereal in broiler diets with inclusion percentages.

 

Because starch is the major energy-yielding component inside cereals, attention should be paid to its digestion.  Although fecal starch digestibility of wheat grain is almost total, the differences in starch digestion rate (KDS) among wheat cultivars have been found.

 

However, it is still unknown if different growing conditions of wheat cultivars affect KDS in a similar way as their physicochemical properties. 

 
 

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Article made possible through the contribution of Poultry Science Association Inc.

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