Responses of 36- to 63-day-old BUT Big 6 turkey toms to graded dietary methionine+cysteine levels

A. Lemme, K. Kozłowski, J. Jankowski, A. Petri, Z. Zduńczyk
2005 Journal of Animal and Feed Sciences  
A total of 734 male 36-day-old BUT Big 6 turkeys were allotted to 6 groups with 6 replicates each and were fed diets supplemented with graded methionine levels of 0, 0.4, 0.8, 1.3, 1.8, or 2.4 g/kg, respectively. During four weeks of experimental feeding the weight gain of turkeys was proportional to the contents of methionine+cysteine in diets and consistent with the non-linear regression equation Y = 3279 + 363 × (1-d (-12.33 ×(X -0.607)) ), r 2 = 0.99. Nitrogen retention of the turkeys
more » ... f the turkeys indicated a trend towards an increase in the amount of retained nitrogen with increasing methionine+cysteine level. The weight gain response suggested that optimum dietary methionine+cysteine levels are higher than 0.80 g/MJ ME, while feed conversion was not affected.
doi:10.22358/jafs/70708/2005 fatcat:fgeurdu56fhvjpfdy4pfiktyle