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See detailEgg Production Performance of the Local Kabyle Hen and its Crossbreeds with ISA-Brown Strain in Semi-Intensive Conditions
Moula, Nassim ULg; Mamadou Tandiang, Diaw; Salhi, Abdellah et al

in International Journal of Poultry Sciences (2013), 12(3), 148-152

A cross between the ISA-Brown industrial strain and an Algerian local (Kabyle) breed was compared with the Algerian local (Kabyle) hen. The comparison during the egg production period was done in ... [more ▼]

A cross between the ISA-Brown industrial strain and an Algerian local (Kabyle) breed was compared with the Algerian local (Kabyle) hen. The comparison during the egg production period was done in individual cages, in a ventilated henhouse without any particular isolation. The same commercial diet has been provided over three time periods (35 to 36 weeks, 50 to 51 weeks and 65 to 66 weeks of age). Egg number and body weight at first egg was significantly lower in the Kabyle local breed. Mortality was almost equal during the breeding period and the egg production periods for the two genotypes. The Kabyle hen eggs, in spite of a weight which was lower (43.70 to 53.37 g according to the age), gave yolk to albumen ratio similar to the ISAKAB cross (0.52 to 0.58 according to age). Finally, the ISAKAB cross was better in terms of egg production and egg quality than the local hen, in test conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailGrowth performance and sperm quality of stress negative Piétrain boars and their hybrids with Duroc
Do Duc, Luc ULg; Ha Xuan, Bo; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Journal of Science and Development (2013), 11(2),

This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of genetic background and season on growth performance and semen quality of boars. Five genetic groups were evaluated, including stress-negative Piétrain ... [more ▼]

This study was conducted to evaluate the effects of genetic background and season on growth performance and semen quality of boars. Five genetic groups were evaluated, including stress-negative Piétrain boars with CC (PiCC) or CT (PiCT) halothane genotypes, and Piétrain x Duroc hybrid boars with various compositions (25% (PiDu25), 50% (PiDu50) or 75% (PiDu75) of Piétrain origin). The results showed that genetic group has a significant effect on growth performance and semen quality. The hybrid boars PiDu25, PiDu50 and PiDu75 had better growth rate, but lower lean <br />meat in comparison with pure stress-negative Piétrain, except PiDu75 boars. PiDu25, PiDu50 and PiCC boars demonstrated high semen quality. A season effect was observed on most of semen quality traits of pure stress-negative Piétrain as well as hybrid boars with different genetic constitution. Sperm concentration was lower in Summer and Autumn, higher in Winter and Spring. The Piétrain x Duroc hybrid boars, especially PiDu75 seem to be promising as terminal boars. [less ▲]

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See detailUtilization of Large White x Mong Cai crossbred sows, Duroc and stress negative Piétrain boars for the production of fattening pigs under household conditions in northern Vietnam
Do Duc, Luc ULg; Clinquart, Antoine ULg; Vu Dinh, Ton et al

in Animal Production Science (2013)

The objective of the present study was to compare Duroc (DU) and stress-negative Piétrain (PI) as terminal sires mated to F1(Large White x Mong Cai) sows (F1) on productivity, carcass characteristics ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present study was to compare Duroc (DU) and stress-negative Piétrain (PI) as terminal sires mated to F1(Large White x Mong Cai) sows (F1) on productivity, carcass characteristics, meat quality and meat chemical composition under household conditions in Hai Duong province, Vietnam. The reproduction performances were based on 74 litters of 42 F1 sows from 12 households and the semen from 11 Duroc and 10 Piétrain boars. Data on production and carcass traits were collected from 76 DUxF1and 67 PIxF1 crossbred fattening pigs. Longissimus dorsi samples from 55 and 37 of DUxF1 and PIxF1 respectively were analyzed to determine meat quality and meat chemical composition. The results show that household affected production, carcass, and meat quality traits (P<0.05) as well as reproduction (weights at birth and weaning, P<0.01). Inversely, boar breeds did not influence (P>0.06) on reproduction traits (except individual weight of born alive pigs and weaned pigs, P<0.01), production traits, meat chemical composition and meat quality (except pH at 4 days post mortem, P<0.05) while lean meat percentage of Piétrain-sired pigs was higher than those of Duroc-sired pigs (P<0.05). The utilization of Piétrain boars does not affect reproduction performances, growth rate and meat quality while improving lean meat percentage in comparison to Duroc boars. This suggests that the use of stress-negative Piétrain boars as terminal sires would improve lean meat percentage under household conditions in North Vietnam. [less ▲]

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See detailReproductive and productive performances of the stress-negative Piétrain pigs in the tropics: the case of Vietnam
Do Duc, Luc ULg; Ha Xuan, Bo; Thomson, Peter et al

in Animal Production Science (2013), 53(2), 173-179

The objective of the present study is to investigate the reproduction, production and semen traits of the stressnegative Piétrain line of pigs in the north of Vietnam, as well as to identify various ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present study is to investigate the reproduction, production and semen traits of the stressnegative Piétrain line of pigs in the north of Vietnam, as well as to identify various factors (halothane genotype, generationorigin, parity, sex and month of the year) acting on these traits. The experiment was carried out on a purebred nucleus on Dong Hiep farm, Haiphong province in Vietnam. The reproduction performances and the sperm quality measures were based on 12 sows and 5 boars imported from Belgium as well as on 29 sows and 14 boars born in Vietnam, while the production performances were recorded only from 251 animals born in Vietnam. No significant differences were observed between halothane genotypes of sows for reproduction traits (P>0.0578). At the age of 7.5 months, bodyweight, backfat thickness and longissimus depth (7.5) of homozygous-dominant pigs were higher (P<0.05) than in heterozygotes. Homozygous-dominant boars had higher total number of spermatozoa than heterozygote boars (P < 0.05); similarly, Vietnam boars also presented higher total number of spermatozoa values than Belgium boars (P < 0.001). Vietnam sows had longer duration of pregnancy, more piglets born alive and heavier litter weight of weaning than Belgium sows (P < 0.01). Bodyweight at birth, at weaning, at 2, 5.5 and 7.5 months of age increased from the first to third parity (P < 0.05). Gilts had more lean meat than intact boars (P < 0.01). Compared with observations made in temperate countries, the reproduction and production performances, sperm concentration and total number of spermatozoa of stress-negative Piétrain pigs were reduced, whereas lean meat percentage was not affected. This might be due to the different climate, although improving values for animals born in Vietnam might indicate adaptation of the animals and/or of the technicians with that breed. The results support the interest of the use of this new Piétrain line in tropical countries with ecological and climatic conditions similar to Vietnam. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic parameters for individual weights at birth, weaning and 60 days of stress negative Piétrain pigs in the tropics: the case of Vietnam
Do Duc, Luc ULg; Michaux, Charles ULg; Dang Vu, Binh et al

Poster (2012, November 28)

Data recorded between 2008 and 2012 from Dong Hiep pig farm, Vietnam, was used to stimate genetic parameters for weights at birth (WB), weaning (WW) and 60 days (W60) of stress negative Piétrain pigs ... [more ▼]

Data recorded between 2008 and 2012 from Dong Hiep pig farm, Vietnam, was used to stimate genetic parameters for weights at birth (WB), weaning (WW) and 60 days (W60) of stress negative Piétrain pigs using restricted maximum likelihood methodology. WB, WW and W60 were recorded from 1146, 839 and 610 animals respectively. The data were analyzed according to a mixed model including 4 fixed effects, parity, season, sex, and interaction between halothane genotype and country of origin (Belgium and Vietnam) of sows. Additionally, 3 random effects (maternal common environment for litter, direct and maternal additive genetic) for WB and 2 random effects (maternal common environment for litter and direct additive genetic) for WW and W60 were included in the model. Estimates of direct heritability and proportion of the maternal common environmental variance for WB, WW and W60 were 0.20, 0.13; 0.22, 0.21 and 0.19, 0.30 respectively. In addition, the estimate of maternal heritability for WB was 0.14. These genetic parameters suggest that WB, WW and W60 could be improved by selection using both direct and maternal effects. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation du mouton Koundoum du Niger : description morphobiométrique et détermination d'une formule barymétrique
Hamadou, Issa ULg; Marichatou, Hamani; Moula, Nassim ULg et al

Poster (2012, October 20)

La race Koundoum, un des rares moutons à laine du Sahel, est victime des croisements avec d’autres races plus productives et de la dégradation de son biotope originel, le fleuve Niger. Cette race possède ... [more ▼]

La race Koundoum, un des rares moutons à laine du Sahel, est victime des croisements avec d’autres races plus productives et de la dégradation de son biotope originel, le fleuve Niger. Cette race possède des qualités intéressantes d'adaptation au milieu et de production de laine, qui justifient la mise en œuvre d’un programme de conservation de ce patrimoine génétique original. Dans cette optique, notre étude vise à la caractérisation de la race Koundoum afin d’établir les fondements d’un plan pour sa conservation. Il a ainsi été procédé à la caractérisation morpho-biométrique de moutons de race Koundoum auprès de 26 éleveurs, principalement de la commune de Kourteye. Au total, l’étude a porté sur 147 sujets (45 mâles, 102 femelles), dont 56 de moins d’un an. La couleur de robe noire domine (62,6%), suivie de la couleur blanche (27,9%). Les pendeloques sont présentes chez 40,0% des mâles et 26,5% des femelles. Presque tous les béliers portent des cornes (95,6%) contre 3,9% des brebis. Le périmètre thoracique a été retenu pour l’estimation d’une équation barymétrique en raison de sa forte corrélation avec le poids (R2 = 0,88). Des formules de prédiction du poids ont pu être proposées selon le sexe et l’âge. En dépit du manque de contrôle des croisements par la majorité des éleveurs inclus dans l’étude, l’échantillon a révélé des caractéristiques relativement homogènes. La détermination d’une formule barymétrique pourra venir en soutien d’une sélection incluant un objectif de croissance. [less ▲]

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See detailCritères d’appréciation des reproducteurs en systèmes d'élevage traditionnel du zébu Azawak dans les zones d’Abalak, Filingué et Niamey (Niger)
Siddo, Seyni ULg; Moula, Nassim ULg; Marichatou, Hamani et al

Poster (2012, October 19)

Au Niger, le zébu Azawak fait l’objet d’un programme de sélection au sein de la Station de Toukounous, créée en 1954. Si de substantiels progrès en termes de production individuelle ont été atteints, ce ... [more ▼]

Au Niger, le zébu Azawak fait l’objet d’un programme de sélection au sein de la Station de Toukounous, créée en 1954. Si de substantiels progrès en termes de production individuelle ont été atteints, ce matériel génétique nécessite d’être diffusé à travers le pays. Cette étude caractérise les critères d'appréciation des géniteurs Azawak auprès de 120 éleveurs d’Azawak non-améliorés au sein de trois contextes d’élevage différents: pastoral (Abalak, n=38), agricole (Filingué, n=54) et périurbain (Niamey, n=28). Près de 65,5% des éleveurs interrogés apprécient l’Azawak pour sa production laitière, sa valeur socioculturelle, l’esthétique de la robe, la facilité d'engraissement et sa docilité pour la traction. Les motifs mentionnés par les 34,5% d'éleveurs affirmant ne pas apprécier le zébu Azawak amélioré sont son exigence en compléments alimentaires et en soins vétérinaires et son inadaptation à la transhumance. Les critères majeurs du choix du géniteur sont la longueur de la queue (60,0%), la grosseur du fourreau (58,2%), la performance laitière des descendants (55,0%), ainsi que leur bonne conformation (48,3%) et leur docilité (46,7%). La réforme des mâles par l’éleveur est dictée par le comportement d'errance (67,7%), l'indocilité (51,9%) et la mauvaise conformation des descendants (42,6%). Les déterminants de l’appréciation des reproducteurs par les éleveurs sont le fondement des objectifs et critères de sélection. L’inadéquation entre les deux résulte en une absence de diffusion du matériel amélioré. La compréhension de ces contraintes à la diffusion permettra leur prise en compte au niveau du programme de sélection ou des autres services d’élevage. [less ▲]

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See detailSemen quality of stress negative Piétrain and Duroc boars in the tropics: the case of Vietnam
Do Duc, Luc ULg; Binh, Dang Vu; Leroy, Pascal ULg et al

Poster (2012, October 19)

This study was carried out in Dong Hiep pig farm, North of Vietnam in order to evaluate the semen quality of stress negative Piétrain and Duroc boars. A total of 722 ejaculates from 13 homozygous (CC), 7 ... [more ▼]

This study was carried out in Dong Hiep pig farm, North of Vietnam in order to evaluate the semen quality of stress negative Piétrain and Duroc boars. A total of 722 ejaculates from 13 homozygous (CC), 7 heterozygous (CT) stress negative Piétrain and 10 Duroc CC boars was collected between 2008 and 2012. The sperm quality was assessed on each ejaculate using ejaculate volume (VOL), spermatozoa motility (MO), sperm concentration (CO) and total number of spermatozoids (NT). Genetic type of boars, season, year and (season x year) as well as (genetic type x year) interactions were included in the model as fixed factors. The results show that the semen quality was influenced by all studied effects (p<0.05) except VOL for season (p=0.45) and season x year (p=0.55), and CO for genetic type (p=0.93). VOL and NT (291.74ml and 103.37×109spz) of Piétrain CC were higher than those (241.40ml and 84.58×109spz) of Piétrain CT and (228.05ml and 77.15×109spz) of Duroc (p<0.001) although the values of the 3 genetic groups are in the range of normal semen. MO, CO and NT tend to be higher in cold than in hot season (p<0.001). These results suggest that semen from Piétrain and Duroc boars could be used in tropical climatic conditions (particularly Piétrain CC) and that the semen quality could be improved through reduction of heat stress. [less ▲]

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See detailSelection criteria as used by owners-breeders of racehorses in Algeria
Tennah, Safia ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg; Kafidi, Nacereddine et al

Poster (2012, October 19)

Due to positive externalities and the need to work on a large scale, animal breeding is usually carried out by breeders associations or states. In Algeria, racehorse breeding is in the hands of ... [more ▼]

Due to positive externalities and the need to work on a large scale, animal breeding is usually carried out by breeders associations or states. In Algeria, racehorse breeding is in the hands of unorganized breeders-owners. Through a survey conducted with 461 owners-breeders between 2009 and 2011, this study investigates their perceptions, objectives and practices regarding selective breeding. Racehorse breeding is a full-time professional activity for a third of interviewees. The holdings are small-sized with 77% owning one or two mares. The regular practice of insemination could categorize breeders according to their professionalization (38.4% professional vs. 61.6% occasional breeders). Seniority in the sector was also used to classify breeders, considering as “young” the breeders under 10 years experience (38.8%) and as “senior” those above 10 years (61.2%). More than professionalization, seniority shows a significant impact on practices and objectives. Thus, seniority influences breed choice (young breeders tend to specialize while senior own both Arabian and Thoroughbreds; p<0.001), age at first foaling (sooner among senior breeders; p<0.01), information sources considered for selecting stallions (senior use more diversified sources; p<0.01), the importance granted to the price of insemination (greater for the young breeders; p<0.001), the importance granted to the ranking compared to earnings (the ranking being more important to young breeders, p<0.001), and the priority given to breeding (young breeders give rather priority to a buy-race-resell activity; p<0.001). Finally, racehorse breeding in Algeria is poorly professionalized, the only financial goal being cost coverage. Despite inappropriate practices, an interest for selection is noticed. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the non-genetic factors of the racing performances of Arabian horses in Algeria
Tennah, Safia ULg; Kafidi, Nacerredine; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg et al

Poster (2012, October 19)

Selective breeding of Arabian horses in Algeria is not yet well developped. No accurate estimation of the breeding values of racing horses is carried out untill now. The estimation is based on one or ... [more ▼]

Selective breeding of Arabian horses in Algeria is not yet well developped. No accurate estimation of the breeding values of racing horses is carried out untill now. The estimation is based on one or several measurable traits, linked to race performance. To allow for an accurate estimation, it is important to determine the part of the phenotypic variability that is due to non-genetic factors (environmental). This first study estimates phenotypic correlations between the recorded traits in order to deduce to what extent the different measures bring different information on animal performance. Then it estimates the influence on performance of non-genetic factors such as sex, age, year of performance and the interactions between these various factors. From 1995 to 2007, the data related to flat racing was collected. The General Linear Model was used to identify and quantify the non-genetic factors affecting racing performances. Three traits were used: two earnings traits (the logarithm of annual virtual earnings: LAEV and the logarithm of average annual virtual earnings per start: LAEV/S), and one ranking trait (the ranking transformed and normalised: PERF). Significant high positive correlations was observed between the three traits (p<0.001), which thus give account of similar informative aptitudes. The effects of sex, age, year as well as the interactions between age and sex and between age and year turned out to be significant for the three traits (p<0.05). These results indicate the need to adjust the earnings and ranks traits in order to use them as criteria of selection of racing Arabian horses. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation des performances d’élevage et de production de deux variétés de la race Ardennaise
Moula, Nassim ULg; Michaux, Charles ULg; Philippe, François-Xavier ULg et al

Poster (2012, October 19)

La poule Ardennaise est une race emblématique de la biodiversité avicole belge. Dans un contexte mondial favorable à la conservation des races locales d’animaux domestiques, cette étude est consacrée à la ... [more ▼]

La poule Ardennaise est une race emblématique de la biodiversité avicole belge. Dans un contexte mondial favorable à la conservation des races locales d’animaux domestiques, cette étude est consacrée à la comparaison de deux variétés de la race Ardennaise (Noire dorée et Noire Argentée). La comparaison est réalisée par le biais de trois études: (1) caractérisation morpho-biométrique des deux variétés; (2) caractérisation de la croissance et de la qualité de la carcasse et de la viande; (3) suivi du taux de ponte pendant 52 semaines et l’étude de la qualité des œufs à 30, 45, 60 et 75 semaines d’âge. Des différences significatives ont été enregistrées au niveau des poids corporels, du grand diamètre du tarse, de la longueur du tarse et de la taille de la crête des deux variétés. La variété de la poule Ardennaise n’influence pas significativement les caractères quantitatifs et qualitatifs de production de viande (rendement, poids après abattage, pH, couleur de la viande). Elle influence cependant significativement le poids de l’œuf entier, le poids du blanc, le pourcentage du blanc, le pourcentage du jaune, le rapport jaune/blanc et le pH du blanc (p<0,05). Pour plusieurs caractères morphologiques, d’engraissement et de ponte, les deux variétés ne présentent aucune différence significative. Il serait intéressant de compléter cette étude par une analyse moléculaire permettant de préciser le degré de similitude génétique entre les deux variétés et éventuellement avec les autres variétés de la race. [less ▲]

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See detailRessources génétiques animales en Kabylie (Algérie)
Moula, Nassim ULg; Iguer-Ouada, Mokrane; Touazi, Leghel et al

Poster (2012, October 19)

La Kabylie est une région côtière montagneuse du nord-est algérien. Ce poster présente les principales espèces et races élevées dans cette région. Les ovins sont représentés par la race Tazegzawt ... [more ▼]

La Kabylie est une région côtière montagneuse du nord-est algérien. Ce poster présente les principales espèces et races élevées dans cette région. Les ovins sont représentés par la race Tazegzawt, répertoriée récemment. Elle est reconnaissable à ses tâches noires à reflets bleuâtres, son nom kabyle signifiant bleu. Son poids peut dépasser 30 kg à 6 mois. La population locale de chèvres n’a pas fait l’objet de descriptions. Toutefois, la chèvre locale est adaptée aux massifs montagneux. Elle est de petite taille avec un poids vif d’environ 25 kg. Elle présente de longs poils et différentes couleurs de robe. La race bovine locale est issue de l’adaptation de la race brune de l’Atlas à un climat tempéré. Elle possède un petit gabarit (de 250 à 300 kg) et une robe grise ou allant du fauve brunâtre au rouge-brun. Par l’industrialisation de la production de volailles, les poules locales ont subi une érosion génétique sévère. Elles présentent ainsi une grande variabilité phénotypique et sont de taille moyenne (autour de 1,5kg). Le lapin local connaît une situation similaire et présente un poids de 2 à 3 kg. Il existe une tradition apicole importante en Kabylie. Les types d’abeilles exploitées ne sont toutefois pas encore caractérisés. Toutes les races citées ici sont menacées par le croisement ou l’abandon. Leur caractérisation génétique et zootechnique est nécessaire pour l’amélioration des systèmes de production familiaux, plus particulièrement en régions montagneuses, et la conservation de la biodiversité. [less ▲]

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See detailQuality characteristics of marketed eggs in Basse Kabylie (Algeria)
Moula, Nassim ULg; Philippe, François-Xavier ULg; Ait Kaki, Asma ULg et al

Poster (2012, October 19)

Quality variations of retailed eggs are widely reported. This study aims at assessing the quality of eggs according to the marketing channel in the department of Bejaia (Algeria). In spring and summer ... [more ▼]

Quality variations of retailed eggs are widely reported. This study aims at assessing the quality of eggs according to the marketing channel in the department of Bejaia (Algeria). In spring and summer 2012, a total of 3330 eggs were bought in 30 stores divided into 3 categories: 10 supermarkets (1146 eggs), 10 public markets (1048 eggs), and 10 shops (1136 eggs). The eggs weights differed significantly with the marketing channel with 58.9±0.14, 61.2±0.13 and 62.8±0.13 g for public markets, shops and supermarkets, respectively (p<0.001). Although the shell thickness was similar for all marketing channels, the proportion of damaged eggs was higher in public markets (9.0%), intermediate in shops (7.3%) and lower in supermarkets (5.7%; p<0.05). The yolk/albumen ratio was significantly higher for eggs from supermarkets (48.1%) compared to the other channels (around 47.4%; p<0.05). The freshness of the eggs, measured by the Haugh method, was lower in public markets (74.3 units), intermediate in shops (77.6 units) and higher in supermarkets (79.9 units; p<0.05). The price of eggs, expressed in Algerian Dinar (AD) per kg, was significantly lower in public markets (124 AD/kg) compared to the two other channels (around 131 AD/kg; p<0.05). One can conclude that egg quality in Basse Kabylie differs significantly between marketing channels with higher quality observed in supermarkets. The lower quality of eggs in public markets is associated with lower price. Eggs from shops present an intermediate quality. A one-year study would allow studying both the potential seasonal effect and compare intrinsic variability across marketing channels. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of non-genetic parameters of the racing performances of Arabian and Thoroughbred horses in Algeria
Tennah, Safia ULg; Kafidi, Nacer; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg et al

in African Journal of Biotechnology (2012)

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See detailComparative evaluation of local poultry breeds status in Algeria, Vietnam and the Democratic Republic of Congo
Moula, Nassim ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg; Abdellah, Salhi et al

in The Role of Poultry in Improving Human Welfare (2012, September)

Local chicken breeds contribute significantly to the world production of meat and eggs. Indigenous breeds represent 80% of the world poultry population. However, the majority of these breeds has not been ... [more ▼]

Local chicken breeds contribute significantly to the world production of meat and eggs. Indigenous breeds represent 80% of the world poultry population. However, the majority of these breeds has not been recorded and studied. About 40% of poultry breeds have an unknown risk status. Hence, considerable efforts are necessary to evaluate them. Obviously, managing animal genetic resources requires the identification of the concerned phenotypes, population sizes, their geographical distribution, and their genetic diversity within and between breeds, using molecular biology methods. Nevertheless, the thorough understanding of the breeding contexts within which they are found is an oft-neglected prerequisite to set up sustainable management strategy of these resources. In the framework of our studies, the characterization of local poultry populations and their breeding systems have been carried out in Northeastern Algeria, Northern Vietnam and Southwestern Congo (DRC). A large phenotypic diversity has been revealed in each region of study, contributing different insights into the concept of local breed. The breeding systems have in common multiple objectives (nutritional, financial, and socio-cultural). Women and children played an important role in family poultry farming. The latter elements are, however, subject to variations between the regions of study and within them. Thus, solutions aiming at the promotion of biodiversity in poultry need to be tailored in accordance with the uniqueness of each breeding context. [less ▲]

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See detailEGG QUALITY COMPARISON OF TWO VIETNAMESE CHICKEN BREEDS (RI AND MIA)
Moula, Nassim ULg; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Do Duc, Luc ULg et al

in The Role of Poultry in Improving Human Welfare (2012, September)

In the context of the valorization of poultry biodiversity, this work represents a step toward a better knowledge of the production abilities of local chicken breeds in Vietnam. Local chicken breeds are ... [more ▼]

In the context of the valorization of poultry biodiversity, this work represents a step toward a better knowledge of the production abilities of local chicken breeds in Vietnam. Local chicken breeds are indeed particularly well suited for low-input rearing systems, as widely practiced in rural households of Vietnam. The socio-economic importance of these breeds might be underpinned by a market valorization through the mounting of differentiated quality value chains. Such a strategy needs the production potential of these local breeds to be assessed using parameters of egg quality and quantity. This study presents data about egg quality traits in two chicken breeds, the Ri and the Mia. The former is the most widespread breed in Vietnam, while the latter is known to be in danger of extinction. Nineteen parameters of quality of ninety eggs of Ri chickens and sixty eggs of Mia chickens were measured, each for both 40 and 60-weeks old hens to take hens ages into account.Mean egg weight of Mia eggs (44.70g) was significantly (p<0.001) higher than that of Ri eggs (41.68g). The yolk to albumen ratio was not significantly different (p>0.05) between the two breeds at the age of 40 weeks (Ri: 0.55; Mia: 0.58). For 60-weeks old hens, the ratio became significantly (p<0.05) higher in Mia eggs compared to Ri eggs (0.64 vs. 0.57). No significant difference (p>0.05) was recorded between the two breeds for parameters used for egg freshness assessment (Haugh’s units and pH of albumen and yolk) or eggshell resistance (maximal breakage force). Despite the small sample available for the study (due to the low availability of Mia hens and eggs), significant differences in egg quality traits were thus observed between these two breeds. [less ▲]

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See detailMORPHO-BIOMETRIC CHARACTERIZATION OF TWO LOCAL CHICKEN BREEDS IN VIETNAM
Do Duc, Luc ULg; Moula, Nassim ULg; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg et al

in The Role of Poultry in Improving Human Welfare (2012, September)

In Vietnam, 84% of the 188 million chickens are indigenous. The following local breeds are recorded: Ri, Mia, Te, Tau Vang, Ac, Oke, H’mong, Tre, Choi, Phu Lu Te, To, Dan Khao, Ho, Dong Tao and Van Phu ... [more ▼]

In Vietnam, 84% of the 188 million chickens are indigenous. The following local breeds are recorded: Ri, Mia, Te, Tau Vang, Ac, Oke, H’mong, Tre, Choi, Phu Lu Te, To, Dan Khao, Ho, Dong Tao and Van Phu. Mia, Ho and Dong Tao are reported as endangered or critical, while the Van Phu breed could have been lost during the last years. The phenotypes of the Mia and Ri breeds are described as quite close. The objective of this study is to characterize phenotypically Ri and Mia chickens. The morpho-biometric characterization was conducted according to the recommendation of FAO (1981). A total of 227 adults Ri (174 females and 53 males) and 53 adults Mia (18 males and 35 females) were used for the study. The following colors were observed for Ri and Mia respectively: tan (43.17% and 37.73%), gold salmon (24.23% and 26.42%), wheat (15.42% and 26.42%), dark red (9.69% and 5.66%), silver salmon (3.52% and 3.77%) and copper black (3.96% and 0%). Comb was mostly simple (91.19% and 100%) and red (100% and 100%) for both breeds. The wattles were of the same color as the comb while the color of the legs was yellow. The weights of adult males (2433.89g) and females (1752.86g) of the Mia breed were significantly higher than those of Ri (2053.02g and 1459.22g for males and females respectively). The results show that the external aspect of both breeds is not very different while body weights in the Ri breed were found lower than in the Mia breed. [less ▲]

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See detailAmélioration des performances génétiques des races tropicales par les races wallonnes.
Leroy, Pascal ULg; Moula, Nassim ULg; Huart, Alain et al

Conference (2012, August 25)

As part of the genetic improvement of production, selection of breeds (purebred selection) on the one hand and crossbreeding, exploiting the complementarity between breeds and hybrid vigor or heterosis ... [more ▼]

As part of the genetic improvement of production, selection of breeds (purebred selection) on the one hand and crossbreeding, exploiting the complementarity between breeds and hybrid vigor or heterosis other hand, are methods choice used by animal husbandry. The pure breeding as practiced in the developed world, based on the individual performance of breeding as well as the placement of the offspring, uses expensive infrastructure and significant human resources. In addition, genetic progress is slow and must be sustained effort. For all these reasons, in the less favored regions of the world, although the intra-breed selection is operational, most stakeholders are most often uses the crossbreeding technique leading to immediate results and protecting local breeds. Thus, in dairy cattle, many countries have used the Holstein, Brown in the Alps, and the Montbéliarde Normande with varying success. In the meat sector, in cattle, swine and sheep, as well as in the area of ​​poultry meat, crossing indigenous breeds with exotic breeds imported leads to interesting results. In the Walloon Region, due to the hard work of breeders, animals have emerged exceptional and, in cattle, swine and sheep, they are in fact, more muscular animals in the world. Thus, bulls Belgian Blue reared under natural conditions, have average daily gains as high as 2000 g / d with yields close to slaughter 70% Pietrain pigs reach values ​​of the performance slaughter of around 83% and the yield values ​​as high as 59% were observed in Texel sheep. All these animals have the characteristic of being very efficient while presenting carcasses with more muscle, less fat and less bone. As for local poultry type Ardennaise, it has remarkable phenotypes leading to immediate traceability (black members), more than 150 eggs per clutch and a darker meat.The author gives in detail examples of the use of crossbreeding with cattle, sheep, pig and poultry all originated from the Walloon Region of Belgium. [less ▲]

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