Seamustard (Undaria pinnatifida) Improves Growth, Immunity, Fatty Acid Profile and Reduces Cholesterol in Hanwoo Steers

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Asian-Australas J Anim Sci.. 2014;27(8):1114-1123
Department of Animal Science and Technology, Sunchon National University, Suncheon 540-742, Korea
*Corresponding Author: Chul-Ju Yang. Tel: +82-61-750-3235, Fax: +82-61-750-3239, E-mail:

These authors contributed equally to this work.

Received 2014 January 29; Revised 2014 March 31; Accepted 2014 April 10.


The study was designed to evaluate the effect of 2% seamustard (Undaria pinnatifida) by-product (SW) on growth performance, immunity, carcass characteristics, cholesterol content and fatty acid profile in Hanwoo steers. A total of 20 Hanwoo steers (ave. 22 months old; 619 kg body weight) were randomly assigned to control (basal diet) and 2% SW supplemented diet. Dietary SW supplementation significantly (p<0.05) improved average daily gain and gain:feed ratio as well as serum immunoglobulin G concentration. Chemical composition and quality grade of meat and carcass yield grades evaluated at the end of the trial were found to be unaffected by SW supplementation. Dietary SW significantly reduced meat cholesterol concentration (p<0.05). Dietary SW supplementation significantly reduced the myristic acid (C14:0) and palmitoleic acid (C16:ln-7) concentration, while SW increased the concentration of stearic acid (C18:0) and linolenic acid (C18:3n-3) compared to control (p<0.05). Dietary SW supplementation had no effect on saturated fatty acids (SFA), unsaturated fatty acids, poly unsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) or mono unsaturated fatty acid content in muscles. A reduced ratio of PUFA/SFA and n-6/n-3 were found in SW supplemented group (p<0.05). In conclusion, 2% SW supplementation was found to improve growth, immunity and fatty acid profile with significantly reduced cholesterol of beef.


Hanwoo (Korean native) cattle are known to have relatively good reproduction abilities but are poor in meat and milk production because of their slow growth rate and milk capacity. Hanwoo beef is enthusiastically preferred to imported beef in Korean markets, despite it being twice as expensive, because Korean consumers believe that Hanwoo beef is fresher and has better quality than imported beef (Kim et al., 2000; Han and Lee, 2010). Meat and meat products are a vital part of a healthy diet and are important sources of nutrients but they are also associated with the negative image as sources of fat, saturated fatty acids (SFA) and cholesterol, which are associated with heart disease, cancer and obesity. The taste depends on the quality, health and flavor of beef. Quality of fat is determined by fatty acid composition and beef quality depends not only on the marbling score but also on fatty acid composition (Cameron and Enser, 1991; Laborde et al., 2001). These factors are of considerable interest because of their implications for human health. The SFAs raise total blood cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels and are associated with the risk of cardiovascular disease, whereas mono unsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) reduce the level of plasma LDL cholesterol without depressing the strong anti-atherogenic activity of high density lipoprotein-cholesterol lipoproteins (Mattson and Grundy, 1985).

Marine macroalgae (seaweeds) can be considered as eco-feed as it is rich in bioactive compounds that could potentially be exploited as functional ingredients for both human and animal health applications (Gupta and Abu-Ghannam, 2011). Seamustard, also known as wakame (Undaria pinnatifida) is a large brown seaweed belonging to the order Laminariales. The nutritional value of seaweed as a feed supplement for domestic animals has been confirmed by many authors (Zalabak et al., 1990; Arieli et al., 1993; Applegate and Gray, 1995) and speculated as the valuable feed source for livestock in the future. Phlorotannins occur only in marine brown algae and are produced entirely by polymerization of phloroglucinol (1,3,5-trihydroxybenzene) through carbon-carbon or carbon-oxygen bonds (Ragan and Glombitza, 1986; Arnold and Targett, 1998), have been studied extensively with regard to their effects on ruminant nutrition, especially in relation to protein metabolism by rumen microflora (Barry and McNabb, 1999; Min et al., 2003). Seaweed is suitable as an ingredient of ruminants’ diet with a high-energy content (Arieli et al., 1993). Edible seaweeds contain acceptable amounts of protein and their amino acid compositions are of nutritional interest (Fleurence, 1999; Kolb et al., 2004). Furthermore, in addition to the deposition of bioactive compounds in muscle tissues of meat producing animals, dietary bioactive compounds have also demonstrated the potential to improve animal health and welfare.

Today, the livestock industry is facing a problem due to the high cost of feed caused by continued increases in world grain prices. On the other hand, a tremendous amount of seamustard (U. pinnatifida) by-product (SW) separated during the processing of seaweed is thrown into the sea where it pollutes the environment and marine ecosystem. In 2013, total seaweed production in Jeonnam province was approximately 1 million ton (70% to 80% of total seaweed production in Korea) out of which 45,000 to 50,000 tons are discarded as wakame and other seaweed by-products yearly (OFSI, 2013). Few scientific studies have addressed the potential for incorporating health promoting bioactive compounds derived from seaweed into muscle foods via the supplementation of animal diets. Brown seaweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) meal or extracts as natural feed additives for pigs (Turner et al., 2002), lambs (Saker et al., 2004) and beef cattle (Allen et al., 2001; Fike et al., 2001) were investigated earlier. Supplementation with 2% A. nodosum meal to cattle diet increased intramuscular fat, improved carcass quality and extended beef shelf life (Branden et al., 2007). Phlorotannins from brown seaweed have been reported as possessing several biological activities such as antioxidant and preventing skin carcinogenesis (Nakamura et al., 1996; Hwang et al., 2006). Seaweed extract improved the cellular MUFA in the adipocytes (Cherian et al., 2002). However, dietary supplementation of SW in ruminants’ diet would be a new approach. Thus, the objective of this study was to assess the effect of dietary supplementation of SW on growth performance, immunity, carcass characteristics, meat quality and fatty acid profile in Hanwoo steers.


The use and care of steers were carried out in accordance with the guidelines for the care and use of animals in research (Korean Ministry for Food Agriculture Forestry and fisheries, 2008). All experimental procedures used in this study were approved by the Animal Care and Use Committee of Sunchon National University.

Animal, experimental design and diet

The study was conducted from April 2012 to October 2012 at the experimental farm of Sunchon National University, Jeonnam, Korea. A total of 20 homogenous Hanwoo steers (ave. 22 months old; 619 kg body weight) were assigned to two dietary treatments with ten steers per treatment in a randomized manner. A group of two steers was considered as one replication. Experimental diets were control (basal diet) and 2% SW (basal diet+2.0% SW, dry matter (DM) basis). Steers were allowed one week for adaptation. A commercially available total mixed ration (Suncheon Gwangyang Livestock Co-operative, Yeonhyang-dong, Suncheon, Jeonnam, Korea) was used as the basal diet. The ingredients, chemical composition, and vitamin and mineral contents of the basal diets are shown in Table 1. The SW (roots and stems of U. pinnatifida) were collected from Goheung, Jeonnam, Korea which are separated during the processing of seaweed as human food. SW having 1.85% salinity, contains 89.67% moisture, 9.44% crude protein (CP), 0.68% crude fat, 6.93% crude fiber and 45.24% crude ash. The SW diet was prepared separately by adding fresh SW at 2.0% (on DM basis) by weight/weight ratio basis. The experimental feed was supplied twice per day in the morning and evening (15 kg/steer/d). Water was supplied ad libitum. Lighting and other management were carried out in accordance with general practice.

Ingredients and chemical composition of experimental diet

Measurements and analysis

Growth performance

Body weight was measured before feeding and watering using a platform balance at the onset and end of the experiment. Feed bunks were cleaned and residues were collected daily and weighed at intervals corresponding to weigh dates. Gain:feed was calculated as the ratio between body weight gain and average feed intake.

Immunoglobulin quantification

To determine immunoglobulin G (IgG) and IgM levels, approximately 5.0 mL of blood was collected from the jugular vein. Samples were then centrifuged at 3,000 g for 15 minutes and serum was collected. The separated serum was then stored at −20°C for further analysis. Serum Ig concentrations were assayed using bovine IgG and IgM enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kits (Bethyl Laboratories Inc., Montgomery, TX, USA). Briefly, polystyrene 96-well microtitre plates (Falcon, 35-3072 Becton Dickinson, Montgomery, TX, USA) were coated with 100 μL/well sheep anti-bovine affinity purified antigen diluted in 0.05 M carbonate-bicarbonate buffer (pH 9.6) and incubated at room temperature (20°C to 25°C) for 1 hour. Plates were then washed five times with wash solution (50 mM Tris, 0.14 M NaCl, 0.05% Tween 20, pH 8.0) and shaken to dry. Blocking solution (200 μL of 50 mM Tris, 0.14 M NaCl, 0.05% Tween 20, pH 8.0) was poured into each well and incubated for 30 minutes at room temperature. Plates were again washed five times with wash solution and 100 μL of standard as well as sample was poured to the respective wells and incubated at room temperature for 1 hour. Plates were again washed, shaken to dry and 100 μL of diluted horseradish peroxidase (HRP) detection antibody (sheep anti-bovine HRP conjugated antigen diluted in sample conjugated diluents, 100 mL post coat solution+0.5 mL 10% Tween 20) was then added to each well and incubated for 1 hour at room temperature. The plates were again washed as mentioned above, shaken to dry and then 100 μL of tetramethylbenzidine substrate was added to each well. Plates were developed in the dark at room temperature for 15 minutes and the reaction was stopped by adding 100 μL of stop solution to each well and measuring absorbance on a plate reader (Thermo Scientific, Multiskan GO, Vantaa, Finland) at 450 nm. Tests were performed in duplicate.

Carcass grading and meat quality

All the steers were slaughtered in a commercial slaughterhouse of Suncheon city, South Korea. Carcasses were graded for quality and yield factors by a trained carcass evaluator in accordance with Korean beef carcass grading standards (KAPE, 2012). The quality of beef carcasses were graded using five grades (1++, 1+, 1, 2, or 3), principally based upon marbling scores and then adjusted according to other carcass traits such as meat color, fat color, texture of lean meat and maturity. One of three yield grades (A, B, or C) was determined by assessing live weight, carcass weight and back fat thickness at rib eye area.

Chemical analysis

Within approximately 2 h of slaughtering, samples were stored at −20°C until required for analysis. To investigate meat chemical compositions, longissimus muscles from the loin area were selected and ground using a meat grinder. The moisture, CP, crude fat and crude ash contents were determined using the AOAC methods (AOAC, 2000).

Cholesterol and fatty acid concentration

Cholesterol and fatty acids were determined using gas chromatography (DS 6200, Donam Co., Sungnam, Korea) according to specifications given in Table 2.

Gas chromatography analysis conditions for cholesterol and fatty acid

Cholesterol concentration was determined according to the methodology of King et al. (1998). Specifically, 1 g of each meat sample (mixed with reference material; 100 μg of 5α-cholestane) was homogenized with 50% KOH (aq) and 22 mL of ethanol, followed by saponification at 23°C for 6 h and extraction several times.

Meat fatty acids were determined by the methyl ester extraction method described by Yang et al. (2003). Briefly, 1 g of each sample was dissolved separately into 100 mL of Folch solution (chloroform:methanol 2:1 v/v) for 15 min. The samples were flushed with nitrogen gas for 30 min in an evaporator and filtered through a Buchner funnel. The filtrate was then dissolved in 70 mL of double distilled water and kept at 5°C in a refrigerator until the fat layer separated. After phase separation, the bottom layer was evaporated at 35°C with nitrogen gas and dissolved in 3 mL of 5% sulfuric acid methanol. The tubes were then heated in a water bath at 95°C for 45 min and allowed to cool at room temperature. After cooling, fatty acid methyl ester was extracted three times with 3 mL of petroleum ether and dried with nitrogen gas. Samples were loaded on to the column via 1 μL splitless injections maintaining the conditions described in Table 2.

Statistical analysis

Data were analyzed by analysis of variance using the general linear model procedure of SAS (SAS, 2003). For growth performance parameters, a group of two steers served as experimental unit. For carcass characteristics, meat composition, cholesterol content and fatty acid profile of meat, individual steer served as the experimental unit. Variability in data was expressed as the pooled s.e. and the α-level for analysis was <0.05, with p-values >0.05 and <0.10 considered as tendencies.


Growth performance

Tannins are naturally occurring plant polyphenolic compounds found in terrestrial and marine plants (Haslam, 1989; Waterman and Mole, 1994). Effects of tannin content in terrestrial plants (terrestrial tannins) have been studied extensively with regard to their effects on ruminant nutrition, especially in relation to protein metabolism by rumen microflora (Barry and McNabb, 1999; Min et al., 2003; Mueller-Harvey, 2006). Phlorotannins (PT) are tannin derivatives synthesized via the acetate-malonate pathway are stored in special vesicles (physodes) and are thought to be the defense compounds in brown seaweeds. Molecular sizes of PT range from 400 to 400,000 Da, and their concentrations in the epidermal cortex of brown algae vary from 5 to 200 g per kg DM (Ragan and Glombitza, 1986). Beneficial effects of low- to medium concentrations (5 to 50 g/kg DM) of tannins in ruminant diets include reduction in the incidence of pasture bloat and improved protein utilization and animal productivity (Wang et al., 1996; Min et al., 1998; Wang et al., 2006).

The effect of SW supplementation on the growth performance of Hanwoo steers is shown in Table 3. Initial and final body weights were not statistically different between treatments. The average daily gain (ADG) of Hanwoo steers was increased in SW supplemented group compared to control (p<0.05). By contrast, Al-Shorepy et al. (2001) and Bach et al. (2008) did not find any significant variation in weight gain in lambs fed supplementary dietary seaweed. Similarly, Anderson et al. (2006) found no significant effect of seaweed inclusion on ADG or feed efficiency of English crossbred cattle. However, dietary seaweed increased ADG in pig (Turner et al., 2002; O’Doherty et al., 2010) and also increased lambs’ birth weight maintaining normal body weight in sheep (McHugh, 2003; Hertz 2008, personal communication). Fike et al. (2001) reported a linear increase in lamb weight gain in response to Tasco (a proprietary brown seaweed-based product) during the summer grazing period. Degradable protein is used by ruminal microbes, to convert feed nutrients to microbial protein, rather than by the animal itself whereas increasing the undegradable protein in the diet elevates the amino acid flow in the small intestine. Both -phlorotannins and terrestrial tannins have been shown to form complexes with proteins and reduce their degradability in the rumen, which ultimately improves animal productivity (Ragan and Glombitza, 1986; Haslam, 1989). Increased ADG of Hanwoo steers in the present study may be due to the effect of terrestrial tannin contents of U. pinnatifida. Mueller-Harvey (2006) stated that tannins have the ability to reduce microbial degradation of plant protein, thus improving protein utilization in ruminants. An increased percentage of rumen undegradable protein increased amino acid flow to the small intestine and a possible improvement in amino acid absorption and complement of amino acids absorbed resulting in the improved growth of animals (Harvey et al., 1982; Zerbini and Polan, 1985; Klopfenstein and Goedeken, 1986). However, in the present study, significantly decreased average daily feed intake (ADFI) and increased gain:feed was found in the SW dietary group compared to control (p<0.05). The increased feed efficiency may be the result of improved weight gain and increase in the rumen undegradable protein in the diets (Zerbini and Polan, 1985; Swartz et al., 1989; Tomlinson et al., 1989; Tomlinson et al., 1997).

Effect of sea mustard (Undaria pinnatifida) by-product (SW) on growth performance of Hanwoo steers for 180 days1

Immunoglobulin (IgG and IgM)

Brown seaweed possesses a considerable number of potentially useful bioactive compounds (Holdt and Kraan, 2011). These bioactive compounds in seaweeds include; sulphated polysaccharides (e.g., fucose containing polymers), laminarin, phlorotannins and diterpenes that have potential applications for their antimicrobial, immune-modulating and antioxidant properties (Kandasamy et al., 2012). The SW supplementation significantly increased (p<0.05) IgG concentrations while IgM concentrations remained unaffected (Table 4). Earlier studies on the dietary inclusion of brown seaweed meal (A. nodosum) found that it enhanced immunity and antioxidant properties in cattle (Allen et al., 2001; Fike et al., 2001). Bach et al. (2008) reported that supplementation of brown seaweed extracts improved the immune system and boosted the immunity of lambs. Read et al. (1996) reported that the immune modulating properties of laminarin (a novel source of β-(1–3)/(1–6) glucans), rich in brown seaweed, are responsible for increased colostral IgG concentrations in seaweed extract supplemented sows. The water soluble β-glucans are known to stimulate host immune function by activating dectin-1 receptors expressed on the cell surfaces of monocytes, macrophages and neutrophils (Brown and Gordon, 2005; Volman et al., 2008). Administration of yeast-derived β-glucans to pregnant mares increased colostral IgG concentrations, indicating that β-glucans have a nonspecific immunomodulatory property (Krakowski et al., 1999). Another compound, laminarin, is speculated to potentiate a nonspecific immune response in supplemented sows, and was responsible for increased colostral IgG concentrations (Leonard et al., 2010). Saker et al. (2001) reported that a brown seaweed (A. nodosum) extract treated Tasco-forage enhanced the immune system of feedlot finishing cattle. According to Le Tutour (1990) seaweeds contain substituted phenols and polyphenols, a class of compounds with antioxidant activity, is essential for mediating and protecting the immune system (Dubeski, 1999).

Effect of dietary sea mustard (Undaria pinnatifida) by-product (SW) on serum immunoglobulin level of Hanwoo steers1

Meat characteristics and chemical composition

The effect of SW supplementation on Hanwoo carcass characteristics and meat chemical composition is shown in Table 5 and 6, respectively. Dietary SW supplementation did not affect carcass characteristics and meat quality grades. The absence of significant changes in carcass weight, yield index and carcass yield grade between the treatments may be the result of body weight during slaughter and its effect on fattiness (Preston and Willis, 1974). Mohammed et al. (2007) found that all carcass measurements are significantly affected by slaughter weight. However, in the present study, the addition of SW had no significant effect on moisture, CP, crude fat, or crude ash contents of loin meat. Zaki et al. (1994) reported no significant difference in fish muscle DM and CP contents when seaweed was supplemented in carp fish. The results of the present study are in agreement with the findings of several other investigations (El-Deek et al., 1985; Taher, 1986). However, Zaki et al. (1994) reported increased ash percentages in fish muscle by increasing the level of seaweed supplementation.

Effect of sea mustard (Undaria pinnatifida) by-product (SW) on carcass characteristics and meat quality of Hanwoo steers1

Effect of dietary sea mustard (Undaria pinnatifida) by-product (SW) on longissimus muscle chemical composition and cholesterol content (per 100 g) of Hanwoo carcass1

Meat cholesterol concentration in the SW group was significantly lower (p<0.05) than in the control group (Table 6). Our results agree with Murata et al. (2002) who reported that dietary supplementation of dried SW powder significantly decreases the concentrations of serum and liver cholesterol in rats. Seamustard is also a useful food for the prevention and treatment of hypertriacylglycerolemia (Murata et al., 1999). In particular, alginic acid, the muco-polysaccharide in SW, is effective in discharging heavy metal and radioactive substances from the body and in decreasing cholesterol, as well as preventing high blood pressure and glycosuria (Kim and Kim, 1982; Kim and Cheong, 1984; Choi et al., 1991). Furthermore, it has been reported that SW contains ~30 g/100 g of alginate and dietary alginate has been shown to decrease cholesterol concentrations in serum and liver of rats (Eaton et al., 1996; Wu and Peng, 1997). The effect of dietary SW on serum cholesterol concentration may be due to fucosterol (Tsuda et al., 1957) and/or dietary fiber, as both reduce serum cholesterol concentrations by reducing cholesterol absorption in the small intestine (Murata et al., 1999). Binding tendency of terrestrial tannin contents of brown seaweed (U. pinnatifida) has an inhibitory effect upon ruminal microorganisms (Min et al., 2003; 2005).

Fatty acid composition

Fatty acid composition of beef is an important issue because fat tissue containing abundant MUFA contributes positively to meat flavor and tenderness (Dryden et al., 1970; Melton et al., 1982; Sturdivant et al., 1992; Jeremiah, 1996), whereas increased concentrations of SFA are associated with increasing risk of cardiovascular diseases (Kromhout et al., 1995). Fatty acid concentrations in Hanwoo meat found in the current study are shown in Table 7. Of the individual fatty acids, the concentration of myristic acid (C14:0) and palmitoleic acid (C16:0) significantly decreased in the SW dietary group compared with the controls (p<0.05). Whereas, stearic acid (C18:0) and linolenic acid (C18:3n-3) concentrations were significantly increased in SW dietary group compared to control (p<0.05). The SFA and unsaturated fatty acid concentrations in the two groups were similar in the study. An increased concentration of n-3 fatty acid content and a reduced ratio of poly unsaturated fatty acid (PUFA)/SFA and n-6/n-3 were found in SW supplemented group compared to control (p<0.05). Phlorotannins are the only group of tannins present in brown seaweed (Ragan and Glombitza, 1986; Arnold and Targett, 1998; Mueller-Harvey, 2006; Fung et al., 2013) that might be responsible for the elevated concentration of C18:3n-3 and reduced C14:0 content of muscle. The binding tendency of tannins (Jones and Mangan, 1977) inhibits the growth of ruminal bacteria (Min et al., 2003). Tannins reduced ruminal biohydrogenation (BH) through the inhibition of the proliferation of ruminal microorganisms rather than by a direct interaction of tannins with the enzymes that operate in the BH pathway (Vasta et al., 2009). Biohydrogenation of linoleic (C18:2n-6) and C18:3n-3 leads to a large number of trans C18:1 isomers which are accumulated in the tissues (Mosley et al., 2002; Bessa et al., 2007). The most effective way to enhance the concentration of rumenic acid in ruminant products is to favor the ruminal production of vaccenic acid (C18:ln-7) (Griinari et al., 2000; Sackmann et al., 2003). Vasta et al. (2009a) found an increased tendency of C18:3n-3 concentration, increased PUFA and decreased SFA content of longissimus muscle in lamb when supplied diets contained tannin compared to non-tannin feed. Seaweeds contain PUFAs as high as those of terrestrial vegetables (Darcy-Vrillon, 1993). The elevated concentration of n-3 fatty acids in the SW fed animals corresponds with the reported (Pulz and Gross, 2004; Plaza et al., 2010) substantial amounts of n-3 fatty acids in seaweed, which are of particular interest in animal feeding (Kouba and Mourot, 2011). Increased intake of C18:2n-6 increased the proportion of rumenic acid (Bauman et al., 2000). U. pinnatifida contained the essential fatty acid C18:3n-3 and the eicosanoid precursors C20:4n-6 and C20:5n-3 (Banaimoon, 1992). According to Mahan and Escott-Stump (2000), U. pinnatifida may play the vital role for the reduction of n-6/n-3 ratio. This was also attributed to a reduced activity of ruminal microorganisms due to the presence of terrestrial tannins in brown seaweed (Haslam, 1989; Waterman and Mole, 1994).

Effect of dietary sea mustard (Undaria pinnatifida) by-product (SW) on longissimus muscle fatty acid compositions1


Dietary supplementation of SW (Undaria pinnatifida) by-product at the rate of 2% in Hanwoo steers had a significant positive impact on growth performance as revealed from increased ADG and feed efficiency and immune status (increased IgG). Furthermore, it significantly reduced cholesterol concentration and improved fatty acid profile that can reduce public health concerns on beef consumption. Utilization of locally available SW, a marine by-product, in animal feeds can be used for making animal production more sustainable and reduce marine environment pollution with undue dumping of the same.


The research was supported by the Rural Development Administration and the Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Korea.


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Table 1

Ingredients and chemical composition of experimental diet

Item Treatment
Control SW
Ingredient (% fed basis)
 Concentrate feed 17.03 17.03
 Corn, ground 20.16 18.44
 Corn gluten feed 7.74 7.74
 Wheat bran 11.36 11.36
 Brewers grain 8.32 8.32
 WCBS 15.90 15.90
 Italian ryegrass 11.36 11.36
 Tall fescue 6.81 6.81
 Salt 0.28 0.00
 Sea mustard by-product 0 2.00
 Vitamin-mineral mix1 0.23 0.23
 Limestone 0.81 0.81
Chemical composition (% DM)
 TDN 72.30 73.24
 CP 8.48 8.90
 Crude fat 1.55 1.38
 Crude fiber 13.89 13.77
 Crude ash 5.36 5.83
 ADF 17.95 16.48
 NDF 41.90 39.20
 NFC 42.71 43.81

SW, sea mustard (Undaria pinnatifida) by-product; WCBS, whole crop barley silage; DM, dry matter; TDN, total digestible nutrients; CP, crude protein; ADF, acid-detergent fiber; NDF, neutral detergent fiber; NFC, non-fibrous carbohydrate.


Premix provided following nutrients per kg of diet: vitamin (Vit) A, 9,000,000 IU; Vit. D3, 2,100,000 IU; Vit. E, 15,000 IU; Vit. K, 2,000 mg; Vit. B1, 1,500 mg; Vit. B2, 4,000 mg; Vit. B6, 3,000 mg; Vit. B12, 15 mg; Pan-acid-Ca, 8,500 mg; Niacin, 20,000 mg; Biotin, 110 mg; folic-acid, 600 mg; Co, 300 mg; Cu, 3,500 mg; Mn, 55,000 mg; Zn, 40,000 mg; I, 600 mg; Se, 130 mg.

NDF and ADF (as per Van Soest et al., 1991).

Table 2

Gas chromatography analysis conditions for cholesterol and fatty acid

Item Condition
Cholesterol Fatty acid
Machine DS 6200 (Korea) DS 6200 (Korea)
Detector FID 270°C FID 270°C
Injector Capillary ING 250°C Capillary ING 250°C
Column HP-5 (J&W, 30 m×0.32 mm, 0.25 μm film thickness) HP-5 (J&W, 30 m×0.32 mm, 0.25 μm film thickness)
Carrier gas flow Nitrogen (1.0 mL/min) Nitrogen (1.0 mL/min)
Make up gas flow H2 (3.0 mL/min) H2 (3.0 mL/min)
Oven temperature (°C) 250 140
Detector temperature (°C) 280 270
Injector temperature (°C) 280 250
Temperature program 250°C (2 min) - 15°C/min - 290°C (10 min) - 10°C/min - 310°C (10 min) 140°C (1 min) - 10°C/min - 220°C (2 min) - 2°C/min - 240°C (9 min)
Split ratio 50:1 50:1
Injection volume (μL) 2 1

Table 3

Effect of sea mustard (Undaria pinnatifida) by-product (SW) on growth performance of Hanwoo steers for 180 days1

Parameter Treatment
Pooled SE p-value
Control SW
Initial body weight (kg/steer) 617.75 621.88 10.46 0.80
Final body weight (kg/steer) 749.42 773.21 11.52 0.20
ADG (kg/steer) 0.73 0.84 0.03 0.05
ADFI (kg DM/steer) 11.36 11.23 0.03 0.02
Gain:feed 0.06 0.08 0.003 0.02

Pooled SE, pooled standard error; ADG, average daily gain; ADFI, average daily feed intake; DM, dry matter.


Data presented as the mean value of five replicate groups with two steers per replication (n = 10).

Significantly differed (p<0.05); tendency (p<0.10).

Table 4

Effect of dietary sea mustard (Undaria pinnatifida) by-product (SW) on serum immunoglobulin level of Hanwoo steers1

Parameter Treatment
Pooled SE p-value
Control SW
IgM (ng/mL) 3.54 3.92 0.23 0.27
IgG (ng/mL) 185.82 247.59 5.01 0.001

Pooled SE, pooled standard error; IgM, immunoglobulin M; IgG, immunoglobulin G.


Data presented as the mean value of five replicate steers for each treatment (n = 5).

Significantly differed (p<0.05); tendency (p<0.10).

Table 5

Effect of sea mustard (Undaria pinnatifida) by-product (SW) on carcass characteristics and meat quality of Hanwoo steers1

Parameter Treatments
Pooled SE p-value
Control SW
Carcass weight (kg) 454.15 461.85 13.35 0.70
Dressing-out (%) 60.55 60.49 2.21 0.99
Meat quality grade2 3.75 3.88 0.27 0.75
Carcass yield grade3 1.25 1.50 0.22 0.44

Pooled SE, pooled standard error.


Data presented as the mean value of five replicate steers for each treatment (n = 5).


Meat quality grades, 5 = 1++; 4 = 1+; 3 = 1; 2 = 2; 3 = 1 (According to KAPE, 2012).


Carcass yield grades, 3 = A; 2 = B; 1 = C grade.

Significantly differed (p<0.05); tendency (p<0.10).

Table 6

Effect of dietary sea mustard (Undaria pinnatifida) by-product (SW) on longissimus muscle chemical composition and cholesterol content (per 100 g) of Hanwoo carcass1

Parameter Treatment
Pooled SE p-value
Control SW
Moisture (g) 61.67 59.91 1.61 0.49
CP (g) 20.80 19.54 0.88 0.36
Crude fat (g) 16.64 19.70 2.51 0.42
Crude ash (g) 0.89 0.86 0.04 0.60
Cholesterol (mg) 66.26 59.50 1.87 0.04

Pooled SE, pooled standard error; CP, crude protein.


Data presented as the mean value of five replicate steers for each treatment (n = 5).

Significantly differed (p<0.05); tendency (p<0.10).

Table 7

Effect of dietary sea mustard (Undaria pinnatifida) by-product (SW) on longissimus muscle fatty acid compositions1

Fatty acid (% of total fatty acid) Treatment
Pooled SE p-value
Control SW
Myristic acid (C14:0) 3.02 2.61 0.10 0.02
Palmitic acid (C16:0) 27.21 26.84 1.04 0.81
Palmitoleic acid (C16:ln-7) 4.51 3.18 0.17 0.0001
Stearic acid (C18:0) 10.67 13.45 0.86 0.04
Oleic acid (C18:l n-9) 51.27 50.92 3.04 0.94
Vaccenic acid (C18:l n-7) 0.14 0.10 0.02 0.21
Linoleic acid (C18:2 n-6) 2.32 2.12 0.08 0.11
γ-Linoleic acid (C18:3 n-6) 0.07 0.08 0.01 0.51
Linolenic acid (C18:3 n-3) 0.09 0.15 0.02 0.02
Eicosenoic acid (C20:l n-9) 0.51 0.43 0.08 0.48
Arachidonic acid (C20:4 n-6) 0.18 0.18 0.03 0.98
ΣSFA 40.91 42.90 1.47 0.36
ΣUFA 59.10 57.14 3.21 0.68
(MUFA+PUFA)/SFA 1.45 1.34 0.06 0.24
ΣMUFA 56.43 54.63 3.15 0.70
ΣPUFA 2.66 2.51 0.10 0.29
MUFA/SFA 1.38 1.27 0.06 0.25
PUFA/SFA 0.07 0.06 0.002 0.05
Σn-3 0.10 0.13 0.01 0.04
Σn-6 2.57 2.38 0.09 0.19
n-6/n-3 29.03 18.79 2.08 0.01

Pooled SE, pooled standard error; SFA, saturated fatty acid; UFA, unsaturated fatty acids; MUFA, monounsaturated fatty acid; PUFA, poly unsaturated fatty acids; n-3, n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids; n-6, n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids.


Data presented as the mean value of five replicate steers for each treatment (n = 5).

Significantly differed (p<0.05); tendency (p<0.10).