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Journal of Tropical Agriculture, Food, Environment and Extension
 

ISSN 1119-7455
   
 
         
 
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Article No 10 of Volume 7.3 (2008)
 
    
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THE EFFECT OF FEEDING GRADED LEVELS OF COOKED PIGEON PEA (CAJANUS CAJAN) SEED MEAL ON THE PERFORMANCE AND CARCASS CHARACTERISTICS OF GROWING RABBITS.

Ani, A.O.

Department of Animal Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.

 

 


ABSTRACT

A 56-day feeding trial was conducted to investigate the effect of feeding varying levels of cooked pigeon pea seed meal (PSM) on the performance and carcass characteristics of growing rabbits.  Twenty-four, 7-week old hybrid (Chinchilla x New Zealand white) rabbits weighing 950 – 1050g were randomly divided into four groups of 6 rabbits each.  Each group was randomly assigned to one of the diets containing 0%, 10%, 20% and 30% cooked PSM, respectively.  Results revealed that rabbits fed 20% cooked PSM diet had significantly (P<0.05) higher protein intake, ether extract digestibility values, average daily weight gain, protein efficiency ratio, and lower feed conversion ratio than rabbits fed 10% and 30% cooked PSM diets.  Rabbits fed 10% cooked PSM diet had significantly (P<0.05) lower dry matter, crude protein and nitrogen – free extract digestibility values than rabbits fed 0%, 20% and 30% cooked PSM diets. Rabbits fed 10%, 20% and 30% cooked PSM diet had significantly (P<0.05) higher dressed carcass percentage and relative liver weight than those fed the control diet. The results showed that up to 30% of cooked PSM can included in the diets of growing rabbits without any adverse effect on performance.

 

Key words:  cooked pigeon pea, performance, carcass, organ weights, rabbits

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