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Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 2017;30(6): 811-818. doi: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.16.0704
Effects of fungal (Lentinussajor-caju) treated oil palm frond on performance and carcass characteristics in finishing goats
Pin Chanjula1,*, Vasun Petcharat2, Anusorn Cherdthong3
1Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Natural Resources, Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla 90112, Thailand
2Department of Pest Management, Faculty of Natural Resources, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai Campus, Songkhla 90112, Thailand
3Tropical Feed Resources Research and Development Center (TROFREC), Faculty of Agriculture, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002, Thailand
* Corresponding Author: Pin Chanjula ,Tel: +66-74-558805, Fax: +66-74-558805, Email: pin.c@psu.ac.th
Received: September 20, 2016;  Revised: October 5, 2016.  Accepted: November 16, 2016.  Published online April 21, 2017.

This experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of fungal treated oil palm fronds (FTOPF) on performance, carcass traits, meat quality, and muscle chemical composition.
Eighteen growing crossbred male goats (Thai Native×Anglo Nubian) with 18.7±2.0 kg of initial body weight (BW) were stratified and blocked by BW in a randomized complete block design. Three diets containing 30% of oil palm fronds (OPF) either untreated (UOPF) or treated with Lentinussajor-caju (FTOPF) with or without urea (FTOPFU) were used as roughage sources in total mixed rations (TMRs). The diets were offered ad libitum and weight gain was determined. At the end of the experimental period, the harvest data and carcass characteristics of the goats were recorded, and muscular longissimus dorsi composition was determined.
No significant effect of fungal treated (FT) inclusion was observed in any of the feed intake, growth performance, and carcass characteristics. Likewise, no apparent effects on carcass composition and muscle chemical composition were detected in this study, except for hind leg and chump were affected (p<0.05) by FT inclusion.
In conclusion, feeding of fungal (Lentinussajor-caju) treated oil palm frond in TMR diet did not affect performance and carcass characteristics in finishing goats.
Keywords: Fungal Treatment; Oil Palm Frond; Growth Performance; Carcass Characteristic; Goat
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