Three broiler diets were composed, containing respectively 40% of wheat, hulled buckwheat or raw buckwheat. Respectively 24 male broiler chicken (Ross PM3) were fattened with one of these experimental diets from day 8 to 35 of life. Utilization of energy and nutrients as well as fattening performance and weights at slaughter were evaluated. Although fibre content was clearly higher in raw buckwheat than in wheat and hulled buckwheat, no differences among the diets were found, neither in utilization of energy and nitrogen nor in feed intake, daily weight gain, feed conversion and carcass weight of the animals. Thus, buckwheat offers a potential alternative to wheat in broiler diets, which would possibly include beneficial side effects for sustainable feed production on arable land.
While botanical composition, growth cycle and phenological stage are integral factors, they are not the sole determinants of the quality of grass silages from intensively managed permanent meadows.
Food that is unsuitable for human consumption does not affect the growth performance or carcass composition of pigs to which it is fed. This makes it a promising solution for reducing food waste.
Horses are ridden or driven on a variety of surfaces, which differently absorb the impact forces exerted on hooves, limbs and the horse's entire body. Objective measurement of the functional properties of equestrian arena surfaces is therefore of great importance.