In this study, 360 male broilers, out of which 240 of a fast-growing strain (Cobb500), and 120 of a slow-growing strain (Label Rouge), were used to evaluate the effect of dietary fiber on digesta transit time and digestive metabolism during the period of 1 to 42 days of age. A completely randomized experimental design with a 3x2 factorial arrangement was applied, consisting of three groups of birds (slow-growing - SG; fast-growing fed ad libitum - FGAL; and fast-growing pair-fed with SG broilers - FGPF) and two iso-protein diets (a 3100 kcal ME/kg low-fiber diet - LFD- and a 2800 kcal ME/kg high-fiber diet - HFD- with 14% wheat bran and 4% oat hulls). HFD-fed birds presented lower ME retention (p < 0.001) and lower dry matter metabolizability (DMM) (p < 0.001), which is possibly related to the shorter digesta transit time observed in these birds (p < 0.001). DMM was reduced with age, whereas metabolizable energy remained almost constant (p < 0.001) independently of strain. This may be related to the increase in feed intake as birds age. The slow-growing strain did not present better utilization of the high-fiber diet as compared to the fast-growing strain in none of the analyzed ages, even though showing a significant better use of fiber and dietary energy from 31 days of age.
The work was carried out at Coronel Pacheco, MG, Brazil, from October 2002 to April 2003 with the objective of evaluating the effects of two post-grazing residues (50 and 100 cm) on the interception of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) and light extinction coefficient; relative contribution of tiller classes (basal and aerial) to leaf area index (LAI) and herbage accumulation of elephant grass swards (Pennisetum purpureum Schum.) cv. Napier subjected to grazing intervals of 30 days. The experimental design was a complete randomized block, and treatments were allocated to experimental units using a split plot arrangement, with four replicates. Post-grazing residues were allocated to plots and tiller classes to sub plots. Sward LAI, PAR interception and light extinction coefficient were affected by heigth of post-grazing residue. The intercepted PAR was higher in the summer than in the spring, with higher values recorded for the 100 cm residues. Variations in LAI and intercepted PAR were not consistently associated throughout the experimental period. LAI and herbage accumulation showed seasonal variations related to the varying contribution of aerial and basal tillers to sward tiller population.
O trabalho foi conduzido de outubro de 2002 a abril de 2003, em Coronel Pacheco, MG, com o objetivo de avaliar os efeitos da altura do resíduo pós-pastejo (50 e 100 cm) sobre a radiação fotossinteticamente ativa (RFA) interceptada pelo dossel e o coeficiente de extinção luminosa; a contribuição relativa de classes de perfilhos (basais e aéreos) sobre o índice de área foliar (IAF) e o acúmulo de forragem (AF), em pastos de capim-elefante (Pennisetum purpureum Schum.) cv. Napier manejados com intervalos de 30 dias entre pastejos. Foi usado o delineamento blocos completos ao acaso e um arranjo de parcelas subdivididas com quatro repetições, com alturas de resíduo alocadas nas parcelas e as classes de perfilhos nas subparcelas. O IAF, a interceptação da RFA e o coeficiente de extinção luminosa foram influenciados pela altura do resíduo pós-pastejo. As interceptações da RFA foram maiores no verão do que na primavera, em pastos manejados com resíduo de 100 cm. As variações do IAF e da interceptação da RFA não estiveram associados, durante todos os ciclos de pastejo. O IAF e o AF apresentaram variações sazonais, relacionadas à participação de perfilhos basais e aéreos, na população de perfilhos do pasto.