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    Factors that affect the nutritional value of maize for broilers

    Maize contributes approximately 65% of the metabolisable energy and 20% of the protein in a broiler starter diet and is by far the most commonly used cereal grain in the diets of intensively reared poultry. One reason for the widespread use of maize in the diets of farmed livestock is that there is a perception that maize is of a consistent and high nutritional value. However, recent studies have demonstrated that the chemical composition and nutritional value of maize is variable, making generic matrix values for maize inaccurate. The nutritional value of maize for poultry is a function of the content of starch, oil, protein and antinutrients (primarily phytate, enzyme inhibitors and resistant starches). The effect of these nutritional components and antinutrients on the nutritional value of maize are discussed as well as strategies to improve the nutritional value of maize for poultry
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    Product / service: Carbohydrases and Proteases
    Publication date: 01/01/2005
    Species: Poultry, Broiler
    Authors: Cowieson AJ
    Doctype: Publications & Citations
    Publication / conference: Animal Feed Science & Technology, volume 119
    Regions and countries: Global
    Keywords: antinutrients, broiler, broilers, cereal, chemical, composition, content, dan, diet, diets, energy, enzyme, inhibitors, function, grain, inhibitor, livestock, maize, metabolisable, nutritional, value, oil, phytate, poultry, protein, resistant, starch, starter
    Production challenge(s): Performance growth
    Diets: Maize, Mixed grain
    Brands: Axtra® AB, Axtra® XAP, Axtra® PHY, Optimize Feed, Phyzyme® XP, Phycheck, Danisco Xylanase, FASTKit assay
    Resource ref: 8211
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