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Feed Intake and Nutrient Digestibility of Weaner Rabbits Fed Cassava Peel as Replacement for Maize

By Animal Research International, University Of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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Twenty 8-week old crosses of New Zealand White X Chinchila weaner rabbits were used to assess the performance of rabbits fed diets with cassava peel replaced with maize on a graded level. Five d ets were formulated diets 1 (control), 2, 3, 4, and 5 in wh ch maize was replaced w th cassava peel at 0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100%, respectively. The 20 rabbits were used in a comp etely randomized design with ve treatments and four animal replicates per treatment. The trial lasted for 8 weeks. Parameters measured were feed intake, weight gain, feed conversion ratio and feed cost per kg. It was observed that there was no significant difference (P > 0 05) in the average daily feed intake of the rabbits fed diets 3 4 and 5 However, diets 3 4 and 5 had s gnificantly higher (P < 0.05) intake than d ets 1 and 2. Similarly rabbits on d ets 3, 4 and 5 had higher (P < 0 05) growth rates than those fed the control diet and d et 2 Feed cost per kg (N/kg) decreased from N35 33 in the control d et to N19.75 in d et 5. Cost of feed/kg live weight gain (N/day) decreased from N3.21 in the contro diet to N1.29 in diet 5. It was concluded that maize supplementation in the diets of weaner rabbits could be replaced by cassava peels up to 100 % without any adverse effect.
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