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Effects of Zinc, Iron and Copper Supplementation in Cassava-Based Diets for Broiler Chickens

C.H. Phuah and R.I. Hutagalung

Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, Volume 3, Issue 2, December 1980

Keywords: Zinc, iron and copper supplementation; cassava-based diets; broiler chickens; Malaysia

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Two experiments involving 216 chicks were conducted to assess the effects of supplemental levels of zinc (0, 25, 50 ppm) in combination with iron (0, 25, 50 ppm) in Experiment 1 and with copper (0, 5, 10 ppm) in Experiment 2, in diets containing cassava (40%) and protein (20-17%). The dietary treatments were arranged in a 3 X 3 factorial experiment. Mineral supplementation in cassava-based diets had little overall effect on rate and efficiency of gain. Inclusion of increasing amounts of zinc in combination with iron or copper had inconsistent effects on fat and protein content of the carcass. Chicks fed cassava-based diets supplemented with iron showed less carcass zinc levels, but had higher liver zinc content than those fed diets unsupplemented with iron. Raising the zinc content of the diet resulted in reducing copper retention in the liver, regardless of its combination with iron and copper.

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