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See detailPerformances zootechniques de la poule Ardennaise, une race ancienne pour le futur ?
Moula, Nassim ULg; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2009), 153(1), 66-75

Nowadays, Belgian poultry breeding is characterized by a strong biodiversity that is nevertheless greatly endangered. The present work aims at evaluating the zootechnical potential of an ancient poultry ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, Belgian poultry breeding is characterized by a strong biodiversity that is nevertheless greatly endangered. The present work aims at evaluating the zootechnical potential of an ancient poultry breed originating from the Franco-Belgian Ardennes region, the Ardennaise. This breed shows an important phenotypic variation, with 10 different varieties being recognized. This study evaluates the Ardennaise production performances and is divided into three parts: (1) the analysis of the growth and the consumption indices over a twelve weeks period, (2) the comparison of the growth over seventeen weeks in four varieties, (3) the study of eggs number and eggs weight over 70 weeks laying. The results indicate that the Ardennaise breed constitutes a good dual purpose breed that could be interestingly submitted to selection. Its use in industrial crosses for egg composition amelioration is also proposed. Lastly, this works shows the importance of extending the here developed evaluation protocol to other Belgian endangered poultry breeds to motivate the necessary conservation programs. [less ▲]

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See detailL’Ardennaise: statut de la race et de ses variétés.
Moula, Nassim ULg; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2009), 153

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See detailEvaluation of the Production Performances of an Endangered Local Poultry Breed, the Famennoise
Moula, Nassim ULg; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in International Journal of Poultry Sciences (2009), 8(4), 389-396

The Famennoise is a Belgian poultry breed which is greatly endangered. Like most of the local breeds in this situation, the Famennoise remains largely unknown and is representative of the continuous loss ... [more ▼]

The Famennoise is a Belgian poultry breed which is greatly endangered. Like most of the local breeds in this situation, the Famennoise remains largely unknown and is representative of the continuous loss of genetic diversity that is threatening the future of animal production. From preliminary results, egg production traits in this breed showed valuable economic assets. The present study is, thus, aimed at assessing its production performances with the prospect that it might be conserved for future valorization. Egg production as well as growth traits were estimated. Both aspects showed exploitable performances. In absence of past selection for these traits, eggs presented a mean weight of 55.433.03 g, so being in the middle class of marketable eggs, a yolk to albumen ratio of 50.75.02%, an eggshell resistance (maximal force of breakage of 36.033.3 N) equal to commercial strains and superior to already valorized local breeds. In broilers, a mean weight 980.6716.62 g was reached at 8 weeks, 1815.9036.55 g at week 12 and 2191.9048.31 g at week 15. The Famennoise is, therefore, suggested for use as a dual-purpose breed with a good potential of selection for both productions. It could further serve in crosses for improvement of commercial strains. In conclusion, it appears to be highly urgent to screen endangered local poultry breeds for economically exploitable traits which would motivate conservation programs of biodiversity, before this extraordinary scientific and economic potential get irremediably lost. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of Egg Composition and Conservation Ability in Two Belgian Local Breeds and One Commercial Strain
Moula, Nassim ULg; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in International Journal of Poultry Sciences (2009), 8(8), 768-774

The study was conducted to evaluate the egg quality of two Belgian local chicken breeds (the Ardennaise and the Famennoise) and to compare it with a commonly bred commercial strain (Lohmann brown). Two ... [more ▼]

The study was conducted to evaluate the egg quality of two Belgian local chicken breeds (the Ardennaise and the Famennoise) and to compare it with a commonly bred commercial strain (Lohmann brown). Two criteria were used to describe egg quality: egg composition (measured through yolk to albumen ratio) and its stability during conservation (measured through pH). Egg weight, size, composition as well as albumen pH were measured on 140 eggs. Measurements were performed at days 0, 7, 14 and 21 after laying. The egg weight was highest in the Lohmann strain (62.86 g), followed by the Famennoise breed (55.51 g) and lowest in the Ardennaise (50.31 g). Yolk to albumen ratio was significantly higher in the Ardennaise (0.53) when compared with the Famennoise (0.49) and Lohmann breeds (0.43). Albumen pH at laying was lowest in the Lohmann when compared with the local breeds. However, no statistical differences among the three breeds could be detected for this parameter at days 14 or 21 postlaying. The high pH in local breed eggs is often reported to be caused by a lower conservation ability. The present results suggest some physiologically higher pH at laying not resulting from defaults in conservation. As a measure of egg freshness, pH must be adapted by the various poultry breeds. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-Invasive Methods to Predict Breast Muscle Weight in Slow-Growing Chickens
Larivière, Jean-Marc ULg; Michaux, Charles ULg; Verleyen, Vincent ULg et al

in International Journal of Poultry Sciences (2009), 8(7), 689-691

This experiment aims to compare in vivo breast morphometric and ultrasound measurements, as well as live body weight to predict breast meat weight in slow-growing chickens. Traits included Thoracic ... [more ▼]

This experiment aims to compare in vivo breast morphometric and ultrasound measurements, as well as live body weight to predict breast meat weight in slow-growing chickens. Traits included Thoracic Circumference (TC), Chest Width (CW), Keel Length (KL) and angle (KA), Live Weight (LW), thickness of muscle determined by sonography (TM) and Breast Meat Weight (BMW). Birds were then slaughtered and total breast muscles (Pectoralis major and Pectoralis minor) were dissected and weighed. A linear model including sex effect and the different predictor measurements, as covariates, were adjusted to the data. Homogeneity test of slopes between sexes showed no difference. Means of the traits were 115.58g (±19.72) for BMW, 1031 g (±163.44) for LW, 68.65o (±6.89) for KA, 26.81 cm (±1.57) for TC, 10.40 cm (±0.62) for KL, 4.67 cm (±0.47) for CW and 11.52 mm (±1.11) for TM. All traits were highly correlated to BMW: TC (0.85), LW (0.84), KL (0.81) and TM (0.79), except for KA (0.28) and CW (0.19). Finally, TC, LW, KL and TM appear to be valuable indicators for estimating BMW in slow-growing chickens but KA and CW remain poor predictors [less ▲]

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See detailReproductive Performance of the Ardennaise Chicken Breed under Traditional and Modern Breeding Management Systems
Larivière, Jean-Marc ULg; Michaux, Charles ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in International Journal of Poultry Sciences (2009), 8(5), 446-451

Enhancing the use of traditional chicken breeds is necessary to insure long-term conservation of global genetic diversity in poultry. A logical start in this process is to evaluate performance. The ... [more ▼]

Enhancing the use of traditional chicken breeds is necessary to insure long-term conservation of global genetic diversity in poultry. A logical start in this process is to evaluate performance. The objective of this study was to estimate reproductive traits in the Ardennaise chicken breed under traditional and modern management systems. Reproductive performance indicated lighting programs [Natural (NAT) or Artificial (ART) day length] were highly significant for egg weight, hatchability (p<0.001), early and mid-term embryonic mortality (p<0.01). Feeding treatments [ad libitum (AL) or mild Feed-restriction (FR)] varied greatly with egg weight, hatchability, fertility (p<0.001) and late embryonic mortality (p<0.05). Most precocious age at first egg (23 weeks), longest duration of laying period (>27 weeks), utmost maximum production peak (56.67%), largest egg number (70.13 eggs/hen) and number of chicks hatched (24.10 chicks/hen) were performed under ART-AL. Heaviest egg weight (53.21g), highest fertility (70.20%), greatest hatchability (55.58%), highest liveability during rearing (95.74%) and lay (100%), lowest early (3.51%) and mid-term embryonic mortality (1.17%) were achieved under NAT-AL. To summarize, most of traits studied in the Ardennaise chicken were moderate when compared to those expected by broiler breeders. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic and non genetic effects on growth traits of West African Dwarf sheep in Benin (West Africa)
Gbangboche, A. B.; Abiola, F. A.; Alimi, S. et al

in Livestock Production Science (2008)

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See detailKết quả bước đầu đánh giá khả năng sinh trưởng của lợn Pietrain kháng stress nuôi tại Hải Phòng (Việt Nam)
Do Duc, Luc ULg; Bui Van, Dinh; Nguyen Hoang, Thinh et al

in Journal of Agricultural Science and Developement - Hanoi University of Agriculture, Vietnam (2008), 6(6), 549-555

The present study was carried out on 19 stress negative Piétrain pigs (Pietrain ReHal), consisting of 13 gilts and 6 young boars imported from Belgium, raised in the livestock farm of Dong Hiep (Hai Phong ... [more ▼]

The present study was carried out on 19 stress negative Piétrain pigs (Pietrain ReHal), consisting of 13 gilts and 6 young boars imported from Belgium, raised in the livestock farm of Dong Hiep (Hai Phong) in order to evaluate growth performances and their adaptability in the North of Vietnam. Results showed that the average body weight of the whole herd at 2, 4, 5.5, and 8.5 months old was 19.05, 51.05, 85.82, and 119.47 kg, respectively. During the growing periods, except the first stage, the male grew faster than the female and the pigs of the CT genotype grew faster than those of CC genotype although the difference was not significant (P>0.05). The average daily gain (ADG) was 528.56 grams for the whole herd. The ADG was higher for the male (546.48 grams) than for the female (520.29 grams), and its was higher for the CT than the CC, but the difference was not statistically significant (P>0.05). The feed conversion ratio (FCR) was 2.69 kg. The estimated lean percentage at 8.5 months old was 64.08%. The results indicate that Piétrain stress negative pigs could develop well on the farm conditions in Hai Phong, Vietnam. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of non-linear growth models to describe the growth curve in West African Dwarf Sheep
Gbangboche, A. B.; Gleke-Kakai, R.; Albuquerque, L. G. et al

in Animal (2008), 2(7), 1003-1012

The objectives of this study were to compare the goodness of fit of four non-linear growth models, i.e. Brody, Gompertz, Logistic and Von Bertalanffy, in West African Dwarf (WAD) sheep. A total of 5274 ... [more ▼]

The objectives of this study were to compare the goodness of fit of four non-linear growth models, i.e. Brody, Gompertz, Logistic and Von Bertalanffy, in West African Dwarf (WAD) sheep. A total of 5274 monthly weight records from birth up to 180 days of age from 889 lambs, collected during 2001 to 2004 in Betecoucou breeding farm in Benin were used. In the preliminary analysis, the General Linear Model Procedure of the Statistical Analysis Systems Institute was applied to the dataset to identify the significant effects of the sex of lamb (male and female), type of birth (single and twin), season of birth (rainy season and dry season), parity of dam (1, 2 and 3) and year of birth (2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004) on the observed birth weight and monthly weight up to 6 months of age. The models parameters (A, B and k), coefficient of determination (R2), mean square error (MSE) were calculated using language of technical computing package Matlab􏰀 R , 2006. The mean values of A, B and k were substituted into each model to calculate the corresponding Akaike’s Information Criterion (AIC). Among the four growth functions, the Brody model has been selected for its accuracy of fit according to the higher R2, lower MSE and AIC. Finally, the parameters A, B and k were adjusted in Matlab􏰀 R , 2006 for the sex of lamb, year of birth, season of birth, birth type and the parity of ewe, providing a specific slope of the Brody growth curve. The results of this study suggest that Brody model can be useful for WAD sheep breeding in Betecoucou farm conditions through growth monitoring. [less ▲]

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See detailIndigenous Muscovy ducks in Congo-Brazzaville. 2. Preliminary observations on indigenous Muscovy ducks reared under moderate inputs in Congolese conditions
Banga-Mboko, H.; Lelou, B.; Leroy, Pascal ULg et al

in Tropical Animal Health and Production (2007), 39(2), 123-129

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See detailIndigenous Muscovy ducks in Congo-Brazzaville. 1. A survey of indigenous Muscovy duck management in households in Dolisie City
Banga-Mboko, H.; Maes, D.; Leroy, Pascal ULg

in Tropical Animal Health and Production (2007), 39(2), 115-122

A cross-sectional study by means of a questionnaire with open-ended questions and multiple-choice questions was used to collect data on the profile of duck keepers, husbandry practices, and performances ... [more ▼]

A cross-sectional study by means of a questionnaire with open-ended questions and multiple-choice questions was used to collect data on the profile of duck keepers, husbandry practices, and performances, opportunities and constraints of Muscovy duck breeding in households (n = 88) in Dolisie city (Congo-Brazzaville). The study confirmed the common observations on traditional poultry keeping such as scavenging during the day and housing overnight. The flock size (7.7 ± 3 ducks per unit) showed no specialization of husbandry (100% of surveyed flocks were kept for simultaneous production of ducklings, meat and eggs) and a high drake-to-duck ratio (1:3). The hatchability was close to 80.5% ± 13%, whereas the average number of eggs was 13.2 ± 5 per clutch. In addition, a high mortality (80%) was observed in ducklings, which was due to poor feeding, lack of veterinary care and housing conditions. Eggs and live ducks were sold by duck farmers in response to the family needs rather than market price. The three most important findings were as follows: (1) duck keepers were mainly men (80% versus 20% of women); (2) there was no evidence of taboo; and (3) the duck as an exotic bird was not proscribed by cultural beliefs, and therefore development of the Muscovy duck in Congo Brazzaville should be unhindered. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of non-genetic and crossbreeding factors on daily milk yield of Ayrshire x (Sahiwal x Ankole) cows in Mahwa station (Burundi)
Hatungumukama, G.; Sidikou, D. L.; Leroy, Pascal ULg et al

in Livestock Science (2007), 110(1-2), 111-117

The study was carried out at the Mahwa station located in Bututsi natural region in South of Burundi at 1850 m of altitude. The objective of the study was to assess the effects of days in milk, cow's ... [more ▼]

The study was carried out at the Mahwa station located in Bututsi natural region in South of Burundi at 1850 m of altitude. The objective of the study was to assess the effects of days in milk, cow's calving age, type of crossbreeding, year and month of lactation, parity on daily milk yield of crossbreds Ayrshire (AY) x Sahiwal (S) x Ankole (A) cows. Milk yields were obtained from 9 cows (S) that have been both milked and suckled during the entire lactation, on 8 cows (M) only milked during the entire lactation and on 150 cows (SM) suckled before and milked after weaning. Data were analyzed using the procedure GLM in SAS for S,M, and SM cows separately. All factors affected significantly daily milk yields (P < 0.001). Least-squares means (LSM) for daily milk yields were highest at the 8th (7.16 +/- 0.07 1), 8th (7.63 +/- 0.35 1), and 7th (7.34 +/- 0.39 1) day in milk for SM, S and M lactations, respectively. The Wood model was able to detect 2 main groups of curve shape: standard for SM and S cows and atypical decreasing for M cows. An important decrease in milk production was observed around the 120th day in SM cows corresponding to the weaning period. Crossbreeding improved milk production and highest yields were observed with 50% to 75% of Ayrshire inheritance (LSM = 5 +/- 0.05 to 5.51 +/- 0.02 1/day). A significant increase was observed from 1977 to 1992 due to the improvement of genetic and management techniques. During this period, LSM raised from 1.26 +/- 0.11 1 to 4.74 +/- 0.03 1 per day for SM cows. Unfortunately, the 1993 civilian war destabilized the managerial techniques and consequently, the milk production decreased in Mahwa station, In all cows, milk production was significantly higher from December to May (LSM - 3.96 +/- 0.03 1/day) during the rainy season than in September (LSM = 3.12 +/- 0.03 1/day) at the end of the dry season. (C) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailAppuyer les initiatives de la population congolaise pour se prendre en charge, à générer des revenus, à constituer un capital: le cas de l'élevage.
Huart, Alain ULg; Bonane, Michel; Muland, Maximilien et al

Article for general public (2007)

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See detailFormation agricole et développement
Boly, H.; Leroy, Pascal ULg

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See detailGestion participative du sanctuaire de gorilles de plaine de l’Ouest (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) de Lossi en République du Congo-
Mbete, Roger A.; Banga Mboko, Henri; Njikam Nsangou, Ibrahim ULg et al

in Tropicultura (2007), 25(1), 44-50

The gorilla sanctuary of Lossi experiments the synergy between scientific research and nature conservation. Three partners are involved in a management participative process. These partners include the ... [more ▼]

The gorilla sanctuary of Lossi experiments the synergy between scientific research and nature conservation. Three partners are involved in a management participative process. These partners include the Republic of Congo, the local community of Lossi and the European programme on the forest ecosystems in Central Africa. An investigation was carried out on the sanctuary of Lossi in 2003, in order to study in situ the effects generated by the participative management and to identify the constraints linked to the participative approach. The work of primatologists allowed the habituation of the gorillas to the human presence and opened eyesight tourism of western lowland gorillas. A camp for tourists and the access road to the sanctuary have been constructed. The tourism generated jobs in favour of the local population which is also a take-partner of contracts on road repairing. The income from the tourism allowed the construction of a health centre. However, the works of researchers and tourism activities failed during the outbreaks of the Ebola hemorrhagic fever and during the three civil war episodes. The consolidation and the long term of this process of co-management of natural resources of Lossi remains the establishment of a management that should include conservation, rural development and scientific research, with equitably in the distribution of gain between the partnerses. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamics of spontaneous ventricular fibrillation in acutely ischemic pigs
Desaive, Thomas ULg; Janssen, Nathalie ULg; Péters, F. et al

in Europace : European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology : Journal of the Working Groups on Cardiac Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Cellular Electrophysiology of the European Society of Cardiology (2006), 8 (supplement 1)

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See detailExamination of non-genetic factors affecting the growth performance of Djallonke sheep in soudanian zone at the Okpara Breeding farm of Benin
Gbangboche, A. B.; Youssao, A. K. I.; Adamou-Ndiaye, M. et al

in Tropical Animal Health and Production (2006), 38

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