Journal article

A Dietary Sugarcane-Derived Polyphenol Mix Reduces the Negative Effects of Cyclic Heat Exposure on Growth Performance, Blood Gas Status, and Meat Quality in Broiler Chickens

Majid Shakeri, Jeremy J Cottrell, Stuart Wilkinson, Hieu H Le, Hafiz AR Suleria, Robyn D Warner, Frank R Dunshea

Animals | MDPI | Published : 2020


Heat stress (HS) compromises growth performance and meat quality of broiler chickens by interrupting lipid and protein metabolism, resulting in increased oxidative damages. The experiment attempted to investigate whether dietary polyphenols (Polygain (POL)) could ameliorate the aforementioned adverse effects of HS on performance and meat quality. One hundred and twenty one day-old-male chicks were allocated to two temperature conditions, thermoneutral (TN) or HS, and fed with either a control diet (CON) or the CON plus four different doses of POL (2, 4, 6 and 10 g/kg). Heat stress caused respiratory alkalosis as evidenced by increased rectal temperature (p < 0.001) and respiration rate (p < ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by MIRS (Melbourne International Research Scholarship) and MIFRS (Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship) scholarshipsscholarships and by The Product Makers (Keysborough, Australia).