Avornyo et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (7), pp.585-591, July 2013.
Manuscript Number: 062513689
Effect of Dietary Protein on the Performance of Local Guinea Keets in the Northern Region of Ghana
F.K. Avornyo*1, S. Salifu1, A. Moomen2, A.A. Agbolosu2
1Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Animal Research Institute, P.O. Box 52, Nyankpala, Tamale, Ghana.
2University for Development Studies, Department of Animal Science, Nyankpala, Tamale, Ghana.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: favornyo @ yahoo.com,
Tel: +233 24 217 9596
An experiment was conducted on 524 guinea keets to test the
effect of four dietary protein levels on general
performance. The four levels evaluated were 0.22, 0.23, 0.24
and 0.25g dietary protein/g feed. Data were collected on
feed intake, weight gains and mortality. Partial
cost-benefit analysis was also done. The results showed
significant feed intake differences between treatments
(P<0.05). Keets on 0.22 protein feed recorded the highest
feed consumption followed by 0.23, 0.25 and lastly 0.24.
Mean daily weight gain was highest among keets on the 0.24
protein feed and lowest among keets on the 0.22 protein
feed; however, these differences were not statistically
significant. The 0.25 DP feed also appeared to perform
better than 0.23 DP feed in terms of daily weight gain. Mean
cost of feed per kilogram live weight gained seemed to be
lowest for the 0.24 protein diet followed by keets on 0.25,
0.23 and then 0.22 protein feed. Mortality was highest in
keets on 0.22 protein diet and least in keets on 0.24
protein diet. The 0.24 protein diet may therefore be the
most economical diet to feed to growing indigenous keets
between 0 and 8 weeks.
Keywords: Energy, feed, guinea fowl, performance, profitability, protein.
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