Effect of calcium, phosphorus premix with synergistic herbs supplementation in improving overall performance, carcass quality and tibial mineralization in broiler chickensN. V. Jadhav, Vivek M. Patil, Shrikant Kulkarni, Pradeep Swamy, Siddalingswamy Hiremath, K. Ravikanth, Adarsh Choudhary, Shivi Maini.
Objective: Efficacy of AV/CSP/29 premix (Ca, P supplement with Vit. A & D3 along with synergistic herbs) (M/S Ayurvet Ltd.) was evaluated in commercial broiler chicks.
Materials and methods: A total of 144 day-old chicks were randomly divided into three groups. Group T0 (n=48) control group, supplemented with basal diet without any additional source of calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (P). Group T1 (n=48) was administered with AV/CSP/29 premix at 500 gm/ton of feed and Group T2 birds (n=48) were supplemented with Brand A at 500 gm/ton of feed for 0 to 42 days. Parameters viz., growth, performance, serum biochemical and carcass quality traits were evaluated.
Results: More gain in body weight was observed in the AV/CSP/29 premix supplemented group (T1) birds as compared to other groups. Similarly, FCR was improved in the AV/CSP/29 premix supplemented group (T1) birds. Blood Ca and P concentrations were comparatively improved in AV/CSP/29 premix supplemented birds. Parameters viz., carcass yield, dressing percentage, tibial mineralization, water holding capacity and extract release volume were also found to be better in AV/CSP/29 premix supplemented group (T1) birds.
Conclusion: The results from the current study suggest that feeding of AV/CSP/29 premix to broiler chickens may have a beneficial effect on bone quality and in improving overall performance.
Key words: Carcass quality, Growth, Tibial mineralization