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Agriculture 2018, 8(6), 81;

Feeding Forage in Poultry: A Promising Alternative for the Future of Production Systems

Department of DETO, Section of Veterinary Science and Animal Production, University of Bari ‘Aldo Moro’, Valenzano, Bari 70010, Italy
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science, University of Bari ‘Aldo Moro’, Bari 70125, Italy
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Received: 25 May 2018 / Revised: 1 June 2018 / Accepted: 8 June 2018 / Published: 9 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Quality and Production of Forage)
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The present review discusses the existing research findings on the nutritional impact of forages in poultry diet and the significance of forages in sustainable poultry production systems. The nutritional composition and antinutritional factors of the main forages and the pros and cons of feeding forage on poultry meat and egg quality under free-range and organic production systems are also discussed. This review highlights the importance of forages and forage meals in poultry ration, considering that these feedstuffs may have greater value to the success of local poultry production in many regions of the world due to their potential of production. View Full-Text
Keywords: forage; production system; poultry; sustainability; livestock forage; production system; poultry; sustainability; livestock
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Tufarelli, V.; Ragni, M.; Laudadio, V. Feeding Forage in Poultry: A Promising Alternative for the Future of Production Systems. Agriculture 2018, 8, 81.

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