Alagbe

Alagbe

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 8 (1), pp. 001-011, January 2018.

ISSN: 2276-7770  

Research Article

Manuscript Number: 010818002


(DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2018.1.010818002)

 

Effects
of feeding different levels Azolla
pinnata, Polyalthia longifolia, Tithonia diversifolia, Moringa olifera,
Azadirachta indica
leaf meal infusion as an Organic Supplement on the
Performance and Nutrient Retention of Growing Grass cutters

 

 

Alagbe J.O. and Soares D. M.

 

 

Livestock
Unit at Dan-malafia Farms Limited, Ogbomosho, Oyo State


Abstract

This experiment was carried out to investigate the
effect of feeding different levels of Azolla
pinnata, Polyalthia longifolia, Tithonia diversifolia, Moringa olifera,
Azadirachta indica
leaf meal infusion (PMNWA) as an organic supplement on the
performance and nutrient retention of growing grass cutters. Experimental
parameters covered growth performance and nutrient retention. Twenty, three
weeks growing male grass cutters were randomly divided into five treatments
groups with four replicates, each of one grass cutter in a Completely
Randomized Design (CRD). Group 1 was fed basal diet without PMNWA, Group 2, 3,
4 and 5 were fed basal diets supplemented with PMNWA at levels of 5.00%, 10.0%,
15.0% and 20.0% respectively. The basal diet was formulated to meet the
nutritional requirements of growing grass cutters according to Wogar (2011),
the experiment lasted for 60 days and the results obtained showed that there
were significant at P<0.05 differences among all treatments in the values of
final live weight and feed conversion ratio . Results for feed intake, daily
water intake and nutrient retention (protein, fibre and fat) were not
significantly (P>0.05) affected with the inclusion of PMNWA.  No mortality was recorded throughout the
experimental period. Results obtained from this study showed that PMNWA is a
good quality test materials with high contents of micro-nutrients which can
improve the stability, palatability and shelf life of feed and its inclusion at
20.0%  level does not have any deleterious
effect on the general performance and health status of grass cutters


Keywords: ” Growing grass cutters, performance, nutrient retention, mortality

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