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Assessment of residual body weight gain and residual intake and body weight gain as feed efficiency traits in the turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Owen W Willems*, Stephen P Miller and Benjamin J Wood

Genetics Selection Evolution 2013, 45:26  doi:10.1186/1297-9686-45-26

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seminal research on residual feed intake in poultry

Francis Minvielle   (2013-07-29 13:38)  inra email

I disagree with the following sentence in the paper Genetics Selection Evolution 2013, 45:26:
"Residual feed intake (RFI) was originally used in beef cattle by Koch et al. [4] and in poultry by Luiting [5]."

This statement is not correct. Results on Residual feed intake in poultry were first obtained and published by Philippe M��rat's group at INRA in the 1980's, about 10 years before Luiting's papers on RFI. See for example:

Bordas A, Merat P: Genetic-variation and phenotypic correlations of food-consumption of laying hens corrected for body-weight and production.Br Poult Sci 1981, 22:25-33

Merat P: Divergent selection for the residual component of feed consumption of laying hens independent of body weight and egg production: effects on body composition. Archiv F��r Gefl��gelkunde 1985, 4:158-160.

It is unfortunate that authors and referees missed these references.

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