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The effect of commercial selection on the growth, efficiency, and yield of broilers was studied using 2 University of Alberta Meat Control strains unselected since 1957 and 1978, and a commercial Ross 308 strain (2005). Mixed-sex chicks (n = 180 per strain) were placed into 4 replicate pens per strain, and grown on a current nutritional program to 56 d of(More)
Current commercial broiler products are derived from the crosses of various strains at the primary breeder level. This study investigated chick development, yolk utilization, and early growth rate of males from 8 broiler breeder strains. These strains were a combination of both specialized and commercial-line products. At hatch, 110 male chicks per strain(More)
Consumer awareness of the health benefits of n-3 fatty acids is growing and is driving consumer demand for enriched food products. Enrichment of meat with n-3 fatty acids is an opportunity for the broiler production sector to add value to their product, but enrichment can increase the cost of production. A study was conducted to determine an optimal(More)
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