The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of dietary extruded flaxseed and/or rumen-protected lipids on growth performance and carcass quality of growing beef heifers. Sixty-three crossbreed heifers (Charolais X Limousine) were evenly distributed into seven experimental groups, balanced in terms of age and live weight. Diets fed to the groups were isoproteic and differed in both, the dietary lipid source (extruded linseed and/or rumen-protected conjugated linoleic acid) and the supplementation length (90 or 180 days before slaughtering), having the same total amount of lipids and vitamin E, during their finishing period. The results obtained in the present study confirm that in low-protein diets, the inclusion of rumen-protected CLA, alone or in combination with flaxseed, did not bring about any evident effect on feed intake, performance and carcass quality traits of growing beef heifers. As for the length of administration, the inclusion of rumen-protected CLA and/or in combination with flaxseed, has not any additional further effect.

Effect of dietary inclusion of different lipid supplements on performance and carcass quality traits of growing beef heifers

Attilio Mordenti
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Nico Brogna;Flavia Merendi;Luca Sardi;Marco Tassinari;Ludovica Maria Eugenia Mammi;Elisa Giaretta;Andrea Formigoni
2019

Abstract

The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of dietary extruded flaxseed and/or rumen-protected lipids on growth performance and carcass quality of growing beef heifers. Sixty-three crossbreed heifers (Charolais X Limousine) were evenly distributed into seven experimental groups, balanced in terms of age and live weight. Diets fed to the groups were isoproteic and differed in both, the dietary lipid source (extruded linseed and/or rumen-protected conjugated linoleic acid) and the supplementation length (90 or 180 days before slaughtering), having the same total amount of lipids and vitamin E, during their finishing period. The results obtained in the present study confirm that in low-protein diets, the inclusion of rumen-protected CLA, alone or in combination with flaxseed, did not bring about any evident effect on feed intake, performance and carcass quality traits of growing beef heifers. As for the length of administration, the inclusion of rumen-protected CLA and/or in combination with flaxseed, has not any additional further effect.
Attilio Mordenti, Nico Brogna, Flavia Merendi, Luca Sardi; Marco Tassinari; Ludovica Maria Eugenia Mammi, Elisa Giaretta, Andrea Formigoni
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