Amao et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (8), pp. 623-627, August 2013.
Testicular Characteristics and Daily Sperm Production of Rabbit Bucks Fed Diets Containing Neem (Azadirachta Indica A. Juss) Rind Meal
1*Amao Emmanuel Ayodele, Oladipo Ayodele Olajire and
2Sokunbi Olujide Adedamola
1Department of Agricultural Technology, the Polytechnic Ibadan, Saki Campus Oyo State Nigeria.
2Department of Animal Science, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: ayodele_amao @ yahoo.com,
Forty mixed breed pre – pubertal male rabbits were used to
determine the effect of treated (24 hours soaked and 48
hours soaked in water) and untreated neem rind as inclusion
at 10% in rabbits diet on performance (final weight gain,
average daily weight gain, average daily feed intake and
feed to gain ratio), reproductive characteristics and daily
sperm production. Data were analyzed using analysis of
variance. Significant (p<0.05) reduction was observed for
testes weight, paired testes weight, relative testes weight,
testes volume, testes density and daily sperm production
from bucks both treated and untreated neem rind when
compared to those on the control diet. Soaking neem rind in
water up to 48hours appears not to reduce its
anti-nutritional and anti-fertility principles.
Keywords: Neem Rind, Daily Sperm Production, Rabbit, Testes, Performance.
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