Motielal et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 6 (3), pp. 121-126, March 2016.
Manuscript Number: 022616047
Utilization of Cassava in Poultry Feed in Guyana
Motielal M1*, Homenauth O1, DeGroot P2
1*Food Science and Nutrition, National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute Agriculture Road, Mon Repos, East coast Demerara, Guyana.
1 Chief Executive Officer, National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute.
2Chief Executive Officer, Bounty Farms Limited, Public Road, Timehri, East Bank Demerara, Guyana.
This study was initiated to determine the best ratio at which cassava meal could be incorporated in the diets of broiler chicks and the economic benefit of feeding cassava meal to broilers. For this investigation 1140 kg of fresh cassava tubers were sun-dried and converted to flour (composition determined). Eight hundred one day old chicks were selected for this trial. There were four treatments (0%, 5%, 10% & 15% Cassava meal) arranged accordingly to completely randomized design with two replicates. There were two hundred birds per treatment. All the chicks were given feed and water ad lib. The trial lasted for a period of six weeks. Body weights were taken weekly, mortality was recorded daily and the feed conversion ratio (FCR) was determined. The economic cost was calculated at the end of this trial. The results of this study indicated that cassava root meal canbe used as substitute for the rice or corn in conventional feed for poultry, provided that the cassava-based rations are balanced properly for all nutrients. The results of the study indicated that cassava can be included as an ingredient in poultry feed. The recommended amount is 15%.
Key words: cassava, poultry feed, sun-dried, poultry.
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