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Amao et al

Greener Journal of  Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (8), pp. 623-627, August 2013.

 ISSN: 2276-7770 © 2011 Greener Journals

Research Paper

Manuscript Number:040213554

 

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,

 

Tel: +234-08059529136, +234-08038075483


Abstract:

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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