Journal : Animal Feed Science and Technology , vol. 144 , p. 327–334–8 , 2008
Publisher : Elsevier
International Standard Numbers
Printed : 0377-8401
Electronic : 1873-2216
Publication type : Academic article
Issue : 3-4
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The aim of the present study was to investigate the digestibility, growth and slaughter quality in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) fed a novel type of moist feed. The moist feed was prepared from alkaline preserved (pH 11.2) herring (Clupea harengus) filleting by-products, mixed with a crude binder based on seaweed before the feed was shaped in a pelleting process and the final structure was set immersing the pellets in an acidic bath. The feeding experiment was carried out with seawater-adapted salmon with an average initial weight of 1.7 kg. The moist feed and a control feed were fed to three groups of salmon with 190 fish per group. The coefficient of total tract apparent digestibility of fat, protein and energy in fish fed the moist feed was 0.96, 0.81 and 0.87, respectively. The weight gain for fish fed moist feed was significantly higher compared to salmon fed commercially extruded control feed. Carcass quality data showed that fish fed the moist feed had significantly higher dressing out percentage and less visceral fat compared to fish fed the control feed. It is concluded that alkaline preserved fish by-products can be efficiently utilized in a novel moist feed technology, yielding good growth and digestibility in Atlantic salmon. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.