Effect of Two-step Time-restricted Feeding on the Fattening Traits in Geese

  • Lui, Zhen-Jia (Department of Animal Science and Biotechnology, Tunghai University) ;
  • Chu, Hung-Hsin (Department of Animal Science and Biotechnology, Tunghai University) ;
  • Wu, Yun-Chu (Department of Animal Science and Biotechnology, Tunghai University) ;
  • Yang, Shyi-Kuen (Department of Animal Science and Biotechnology, Tunghai University)
  • Received : 2013.08.06
  • Accepted : 2014.01.09
  • Published : 2014.06.01


The present study was conducted to determine whether the two-step time-restricted feeding improves the fattening traits of one-step time-restricted feeding in geese. Thirty-six 8-wk-old geese were allotted into one of three groups. Group R1 (the 1-step restricted feeding group) was allowed access to feed for 2 h in the morning from 8 wk to 14 wk of age. Group R2 (the 2-step restricted feeding group) was treated as Group R1, but was additionally fed for 2 h in the afternoon from 12 wk to 14 wk of age. Group C (the control group) was fed ad libitum from 8 wk to 14 wk of age. Feed intake and body weight (BW) were recorded daily and weekly, respectively. At 14 wk of age, the blood samples were collected to determine the fasting plasma levels of glucose, triacylglycerols and uric acid before sacrifice. The results showed that daily feed intake (DFI) was lower, feed efficiency (FE) was higher in both Groups R1 and R2 than in Group C, and daily gain (DG) in Group R2 was higher than in Group R1 during the whole experimental period (p<0.05). Group R1 exhibited lower abdominal and visceral fat weights in carcass than did Group C (p<0.05), and Group R2 was in intermediate. The fasting plasma glucose levels in Group C were higher, and triacylglycerol levels in Group R1 were higher, compared with the other groups (p<0.05). It is concluded that time-restricted feeding in the fattening period not only increases FE but reduces DFI, and the additional meal during the late fattening period improves the DG without the expense of FE in geese.


Carcass Traits;Fattening;Goose;Restricted Feeding;Time-restricted Feeding


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