Ramos et al., 2006. Rev. Bras. Zootec., 35 (3): 804-810
Polpa de caju em rações para frangos de corte na fase final: desempenho e características de carcaça
This research was developed to evaluate the performance, carcass characteristic and economical viability of broilers fed diets with increasing levels of dehydrated cashew pulp. Three hundred and sixty Ross breed broilers of both sexes averaging 22 days old were allotted to randomized blocks design with four treatments, constituted of dehydrated cashew pulp levels (0, 5, 10, and 15%) and five replications. At 42 days old, four birds (two males and two females) were slaughtered by weight and sex per experimental unit to evaluate the main carcass characteristics. The 15% level of dehydrated cashew pulp in the growing diets did not affect feed intake, weight gain and main carcass characteristics of broiler. No effects of increasing levels on feed gain ratio and economical analyses (gross revenue and average gross margin) were noticed. The use of dehydrated cashew pulp in the broiler diets depends on the diet prices.