Yakubu Et Al

Yakubu et al

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 7 (1), pp. 001-008, January 2017.

 ISSN: 2276-7770 

Research Articles

Manuscript Number: 010417001


(DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2017.1.010417001)

 

Effects of Feeding Cassia
obtusifolia
Leaf
Meal on Growth Performance, Carcass Characteristics and Blood Profile of
Broiler Chickens

 

B.
Yakubu1*, T.F Mbahi1, G. Haniel1 and R.J Wafar2

                                                                   

1Department of
Animal Science and Range Management, Modibbo Adama University of Technology
Yola, Adamawa State.

2Department of Animal
production and Health, Federal University Wukari, Taraba State.


Abstract

An experiment was conducted to
evaluate the effects of feeding Cassia
obtusifolia
leaf meal on growth performance and carcass characteristics of
broiler Chickens.
Two hundred (200) unsexed day old Marshall Broiler chicks were
used for the study. Five diets were formulated such that Cassia obtusifolia leaf meal were used at 0%, 3%, 6%, 9% and
12%  designated as treatments T1, T2, T3,
T4 and T5 respectively. The chicks were weighed and randomly allocated to five
dietary treatments replicated four times with ten birds per replicate in
completely randomized design.
The
proximate composition of
Cassia
obtusifolia
showed it
contains 93.51% dry matter, 25.44% crude protein, 19.14%, crude fibre, 12.17%
ash, 4.06% ether extract and 38.19% nitrogen free extract. The leaf meal also
contains saponin (6.26%), phytate (2.97%), tannins (4.52%) and oxalates
(2.37%).
The result of growth parameters measured were significantly
different (P<0.05) except, total feed intake and average daily feed intake.
Similarly,
live weight, plucked weight,
eviscerated weight,
carcass weight and dressing percentage did not show any
significant difference among treatment groups. The r
esult of the internal organs evaluated showed
variation in the weights of pancreas, large and small intestines across the
treatments.
It was concluded from the results obtained that COLM can be included up to 9% in broiler chickens’
diet without adverse effect on the growth performance, carcass and internal
organs characteristics.

 

Keywords: Growth Performance,
broiler, carcass characteristics.

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