Interpretive Summary: Effects of cottonseed meal on performance, gossypol residue, liver function, lipid metabolism, and cecal microbiota in geese
By: Jun Yu, Haiming Yang, Qingyu Sun, Xuean Xu, Zhi Yang, Zhiyue Wang
The shortage of feed resources and the rising price have become one of the significant challenges for animal husbandry worldwide. Considering the strong tolerance and adaptability to roughage of geese, less expensive crop byproducts are used in goose feed by animal nutritionists. Cottonseed meal (CSM) is a potential substitute for soybean meal, and the main concern for its use in poultry feed is free gossypol. This study aimed to investigate the effects of CSM on the performance, gossypol residue, liver function, lipid metabolism, and cecal microbiota in geese. Results showed that dietary CSM has no adverse effects on the performance and liver function of goslings. However, gossypol residue in goose liver increased with increasing dietary CSM. Besides, CSM affected organismal lipid metabolism, altered the tissue fatty acid composition, and adaptively changed cecum microbial microbiota. In summary, CSM is a good dietary protein source for geese, but further attention may be needed to its use for the edible value of goose products.
Read the full article in the Journal of Animal Science.