The effect of diifferent feeding regimes on the performance and developement of internal organs of farmed fallow deer (Dama dama)
The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effect of different diets on the performance and development of internal organs of farm-raised fallow deer bucks. Supplemented deer had higher slaughter weight (P < 0.001) and their carcasses produced higher dressing percentage (P < 0.001). Significant differences attributable to the different dietary treatments were also observed in the weights of offal. As a consequence of better growth performance, the supplemented deer exhibited significantly higher weights of head (P = 0.001) and skin (P < 0.001). Moreover, the supplementation of barley to the feed ration significantly increased the weights of heart (P < 0.001), liver (P = 0.035), spleen (P = 0.002) and fatness characteristics (P < 0.001).
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