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Effect of Drying and Heating Approach of The Nutritional Value of Corn in Animal Feedstuff-A Review

Corn grain (Zea mays L.) is among the most widely produced grain in the world with roughly 7 to 11 tan/ha per year). Corn as major grains formulation in feedstuffs as a source of energy (carbohydrate) especially in poultry and pig industry. Generally, corn was fed as dry maize grain (less than 15% moisture) or high-moisture maize grain (22 to 28% moisture).  In order to introduce corn grain as feed, it needs to be heated naturally or using hot air oven in order to get the needed percentage of moisture. As a result, such treatment could change the nutritional value of corn or brought out other effects that might influence the nutrition contents thus having effects on the animals such as retention (is this the right term?) of weight gain etc. This study focus on reviewing other research papers (reported or published online) with focus on corn grain as animal feedstuff especially for poultry and pigs.   Online search were made on-well-known databases of animal feedstuffs. Any findings by researchers around the world were taken into consideration such as protein and amino acids structural changes in each corn grain, metabolites, and physical behaviour of subjected animals that would effects the animal bodyweight. Based on recent researches, it was discovered that drying without exceeding 150oC (which may reduce nutritive values) is acceptable especially to pigs. Further study has to be conducted in local farm and feed miller to investigate the effect of both drying and heating method on the nutritional value of the feed. 

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Mohd Azrulnizam Jaafar. Effect of Drying and Heating Approach of The Nutritional Value of Corn in Animal Feedstuff-A Review. 30th Veterinary Association of Malaysia (VAM) Congress. 19th-20th October, 2018. Hilton Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.(Abstract of Oral Presentation).

 

Mohd Azrulnizam Jaafar, Department of Veterinary Services.

 Corresponding Author: azrul7238@yahoo.com 


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