Powdered turmeric (Curcuma longa) as feed supplement for broilers: its effect on growth parameters and meat acceptability

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Powdered turmeric (Curcuma longa) as feed supplement for broilers: its effect on growth parameters and meat acceptability

Medelyn A. Aglipay, Cynthia M. Rodriguez, Lydia P. Libunao, Pepito V. Hufalar, Eufemio O. Sagun
Int. J. Biosci.21( 4), 142-148, October 2022.
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The study determined the growth performance and meat sensory evaluation of broilers using different levels of turmeric (Curcuma longa) powder as feed supplement. Analysis of Variance in Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) was used to determine significant differences among treatment means and further tested using Duncan’s Multiple Range Test (DMRT). Four treatments consisted of T0 – pure commercial ration + 2.5ml electrolytes added to the drinking water; T1 – 1% turmeric powder per kg of commercial feeds; T2 – 2% turmeric powder; and T3 – 3% turmeric powder, were administered to 160 day-old broiler chicks. Different levels of turmeric powder (1%, 2% and 3%) significantly increased the final weight, gain in weight, feed conversion ratio and lower percent fat in the carcass, while other parameters were found comparable with the birds given commercial ration. Sensory evaluation of broiler meat in terms of eye appeal, juiciness, palatability and general acceptability rated “like very much” which ranged from 7.10 to 8.0. Supplementation of turmeric powder in the broiler diet at a rate of 1 to 3% per kilogram of feeds can be used as growth enhancer for broilers.


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