A preliminary test was conducted evaluating the effect of digestible lysine (dLys) on broiler breeder (BB) male semen quality from forty-one to forty-nine wk of age. Five dietary treatments: corn-soybean meal diet with 1,000 mg dLys/rooser/day (Soy1,000), distillers dried grains with solubles diet with 1,000 (DDGS1,000), 850 (DDGS850), 700 (DDGS700), and 550 (DDGS550) mg dLys/rooster/day. Semen quality was similar except percentage dead sperm which was higher in DDGS550. A second trail was conducted using the same dietary treatments as the preliminary test during twenty to thirty-nine wk of age. Semen quality was similar except percentage dead sperm which was higher in Soy1,000.Soy1,000 exhibited higher body weight (BW), breast weight, and plasma testosterone. In conclusion dLys levels from 1,000 to 700 mg/rooster/day will not adversely affect semen quality of BB males. Attention should be given to BW in BB as it could lead to an increased percentage dead sperm.
|Commitee:||Corzo, Alex., Zhai, Wei|
|School:||Mississippi State University|
|Department:||Agriculture and Life Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Mississippi|
|Source:||MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Broiler breeder males, Distillers dried grains with solubles, Lysine, Semen quality|
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