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Performance and meat quality of sheep fed different sources of fiber as a supplement to diets based on cactus pear (opuntia ficus indica mill)

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Antonio Francisco de Mendonça Júnior, Ana Paula Medeiros Rodrigues dos Santos, Francisco Fernando Ramos de Carvalho, Alexandre Paula Braga, Neymar Mendes Lucena, Claudia Daianny Melo Freitas, Iago Antonio Ananias da Silva and Anderson Bruno Anacleto de
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The objective of this research was to evaluate the effect of different fiber sources (forage fiber and non-forage fiber) in diets based on Cactus pear on non-descript breed sheep in Northeastern of Brazil, by analyzing the resultant meat quality. Intact male sheep (21 hing legs), weighing 17.10±0.98 kg, were allocated to three treatments: tifton hay, soybean hull and whole cotton seed. Proximate composition (moisture; total dry extract; mineral matter; fat and protein), physical parameters (pH; cooking loss and shear force) and sensory scores (firmness; juiciness; flavour; odour and colour) did not differ significantly (p > 0.05) between the different fiber sources. The experimental results showed high sensory quality for the sheep meat. So the non-forage fiber sources (by-products of agro-industry) adequately replaced the forage fiber. The objective of this research was to evaluate the effect of different fiber sources (forage fiber and non-forage fiber) in diets based on Cactus pear on non-descript breed sheep in Northeastern of Brazil, by analyzing the resultant meat quality. Intact male sheep (21 hing legs), weighing 17.10±0.98 kg, were allocated to three treatments: tifton hay, soybean hull and whole cotton seed. Proximate composition (moisture; total dry extract; mineral matter; fat and protein), physical parameters (pH; cooking loss and shear force) and sensory scores (firmness; juiciness; flavour; odour and colour) did not differ significantly (p > 0.05) between the different fiber sources. The experimental results showed high sensory quality for the sheep meat. So the non-forage fiber sources (by-products of agro-industry) adequately replaced the forage fiber.

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