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Submitted: 10/04/2017                     Accepted: 03/04/2017                     Published: 04/05/2017




Research Article (DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJABG.2017.1.041017049)


Effects of Fermented Jatropha (Jatropha curcas) Seed Meal on Growth Performance, Carcass and Internal Organs Evaluation of Broiler Finisher Chickens


B. Yakubu1, Aliyara Y.H2, Antyev M.3 and T. F. Mbahi1


1Department of Animal Science and Range Management, Modibbo Adama University of Technology, P.M.B. 2076, Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria.

2Department of Animal Science, Taraba State University, P.M.B. 1167, Jalingo, Nigeria.

3Department of Animal Production, Taraba State College of Agriculture, P.M.B. 2025 Jalingo, Nigeria.




Two hundred (200) day-old broiler chicks were used to evaluate the effects of graded levels of fermented Jatropha curcas seed meal on growth performance, carcass yield and internal organ characteristics of broiler chickens. The chicks were randomly assigned to five dietary treatments consisting of four replicates of ten birds per replicate in a completely randomized design. The dietary treatments were the inclusion levels of fermented Jatropha curcas meal at 0%, 2.5%, 5%, 7% and 10%. Data were collected for eight weeks on feed intake, weight gain and feed conversion ratio. At the end of the experiment, 8 birds were randomly selected from each treatment and slaughtered to determine the effect of graded levels of fermented Jatropha curcas seed meal on carcass yield and internal organs characteristics. The result of growth performance revealed that all parameters measured were significantly (P<0.05) influenced by the dietary treatments except FCR. Carcass yield and internal organs characteristics were significantly different (P<0.05) across the treatment groups except for large intestine weight. Birds on 2.5% replacement level gave better weight gain than other treatments that contain fermented Jatropha seed meal.         


Keywords: Jatropha curcas, broiler chickens, fermentation, carcass, internal organs





Jatropha curcas seed cake is obtained as a by-product of oil extraction from the seed. It has crude protein (CP) content between 58%-64%. Therefore, it has high potential to complement and substitute groundnut cake meal which has 45% CP as a protein source in broiler diets (Boguhn, et al., 2010; Sumiati et al., 2011). It has been reported however that raw Jatropha curcas seed and oil are toxic to mice, rats, calves, sheep and goat, human and chickens due to the presence of some anti-nutritive factors in the seed (Makkar et al., 1998). The use of raw Jatropha seed meal therefore is limited by its toxicity.

Several methods have been employed to reduce the anti-nutritive factors present in Jatropha seeds to make it useful especially to monogastric animals (Magdi, 2007; Akande et al., 2012). These authors concluded that utilization potential of Jatropha seed could be improved by processing. Fermentation is one of the methods of biotechnology of feed improvement. Fermentation causes chemical changes in organic substances produced by action of enzymes which results into breakdown of complex organic substances into simpler ones through the action of catalysis. Through fermentation, feed materials are converted into useful by-products and also as a method of reducing the anti-nutrient and fiber contents of feed materials (Dhilon and Skirvaram, 1999; Oboh and Akindahunsi, 2003; Oboh, 2006; Aro et al., 2008).  A study by Feng et al., (2007) showed that fermentation of soybean meal with Bacilus subtilis improved its in vivo digestibility in piglets. More recently, Tang et al. (2012), reported that cotton seed meal (CSM) fermented with B. subtilis replaced soyabean meal in yellow feathered broilers’ diet up to 12% without any deleterious effects on their performance. These reports suggest that solid state fermentation could be a promising detoxification method, and can also degrade its crude fiber components because as the material ferments, microorganisms breakdown the celluloses and hemicellulose to soluble sugars, thereby decreasing its crude fibre. Fermentation could also enrich the feed material with desirable metabolites generated by B. subtilis and improve its flavor and palatability of the feed in which it is incorporated.

This study was therefore carried out to evaluate the performance, carcass yield and internal organs characteristics of broiler chickens fed graded levels of fermented Jatropha curcas seed meal.  





 Collection and Processing of Jatropha Curcas Seeds


Jatropha curcas fruits were collected in Jalingo metropolis and surrounding villages in Taraba State, Nigeria. The fruits were cracked mechanically to remove the seeds. The seeds were cleaned of dirts and cooked for three (3) hours. The timing of the cooking commenced when the water start boiling after seeds were introduced. The cooked seeds were drained of water and packed in jute bags covered with polythene to allow natural fermentation to take place. The fermentation process lasted for 72 hours. The fermented seeds were sundried, defatted and milled to produce fermented Jatropha seed meal (FJSM).


Experimental diets and Design


Five experimental diets containing 0%, 2.5%, 5%, 7.5%, and 10% fermented Jatropha seed meal (FJSM) were formulated (Table 1). 200 day-old broiler chicks were randomly allotted to the five dietary treatments of 40 birds per treatment and were replicated four times with 10 birds per replicate in a completely randomized design. The birds were brooded for one week on a deep litter floor.

On the day of collection of the birds, they were given Vitalyte® soluble powder against stress condition. On the second day, they were vaccinated using Newcastle disease vaccine inta-ocular. On the 7th and 14th day, they were orally immunized against Newcastle disease (Lasota) and Infectious bursal disease (gumboro) respectively by dissolving 200 doses of each vaccine in 2 litres of chlorine free water. The birds were also prophylactically treated against coccidiosis using embazing forte® at 30g per 500 litres of water at the 21st day.




Data Collection


Growth performance measurements


Feed intake was determined as the difference between the left over and the quantity of feed offered the previous day. Similarly, weight gain was determined as the difference between the final weight and initial weight. Feed conversion ratio was measured as an index of feed utilization for each treatment group and calculated as the ratio of feed intake to weight gain.


Carcass and internal organs evaluation


Two birds from each replicate were randomly selected for carcass and internal organs measurements. The birds were tagged according to their replicates in a treatment and fasted for 8 hours to reduce the gastro-intestinal contents (Yakubu et al., 2012). The birds were individually weighed and slaughtered. The slaughtered birds were defeathered completely to obtain the plucked weight. The internal organs were carefully removed and weighed to determine their fresh weights. The internal organs weights were expressed as the proportion of their body weight. The dressing percentages were expressed as a ratio of carcass weight and live weight multiplied by 100.


Chemical Analysis


The proximate composition of the experimental diets and fermented Jatropha seed meal were all carried out according to methods described by AOAC (2000). Tannin concentration was determined using the procedures described by Makkar et al. (1993), phobolesters (Ha’as and Mittelbach, 2000), trypsin inhibitors (Kadeka, 1974).  


Statistical Analysis


Data collected were subjected to one way analysis of variance (Steel and Torrie, 1980) and significant differences between treatment means were compared using Duncan’s Multiple Range Test (Duncan, 1955).





The result of proximate composition of raw and fermented Jatropha curcas seed meal is presented in Table 2. Dry matter (DM) content of the raw Jatropha seed was 89.82% and increased to 92.55% after fermentation. Higher crude protein (CP) content of 42.38% was observed in the fermented seed and lower in the raw seed (32.61%). Ash content increased from 7.33% in the raw seed to 8.34% in the fermented seed. Ether extract was higher (34.21%) in the fermented seed when compared to 11.34% in the raw seed. Higher crude fibre (CF) (4.13%) was observed in the raw seed as against 2.10% in the fermented seed. Nitrogen free extract was highest 33.81% in the raw seed and 23.75% when the seed was fermented. The values for tannin, trypsin inhibitors, saponin and phobol esters were 3.22, 22.16, 18.11 and 2.80% in the raw seed respectively while that of fermented seed were 0.71, 4.45, 5.81 and 1.06% respectively.




Growth performance of broiler chickens fed raw and fermented Jatropha curcas seed meal


The result of performance of broiler finisher chickens fed varying levels of fermented Jatropha seed meal (FJSM) is presented in Table 3. Significant differences (P<0.05) were  observed  for  all  the  parameters  evaluated  for  growth performance except for initial weight and feed conversion ratio (FCR) which were similar across the treatments.  Final weight was highest (1980.31g) in 0% FJSM and decreases with the incremental levels of FJSM. Among the treatments that had FJSM however, 2.5% and 5% replacement levels had significantly higher final weight (1840.08g and 1679.08g respectively) when compared to birds on 7.5% (1425.40g) and 10% (1450.52g) FJSM replacement levels. Average daily feed intake was significantly different (P<0.05) across the replacement levels. ADFI was highest (97.73g) in birds on 0% FJSM while those on 10% had the lowest value (70.04g). The average daily weight gain (ADWG) was significantly (P<0.05) influenced by the dietary replacement levels of FJSM.  ADWG decreases as the level of FJSM increases from 33.32g in 0% to 22.42g in 10% replacement level.



NS = Not significant ADFI = Average daily feed intake, ADWG = Average daily weight gain

FCR = feed conversion ratio



Carcass and internal organs characteristics of broiler chickens fed raw and fermented Jatropha curcas seed meal


The result of carcass yield and internal organs characteristics is presented in Table 4. The results showed that all the parameters evaluated for carcass and internal organs characteristics were significantly (P<0.05) different across the dietary treatments except for dressing percentage, and large intestine weight. The carcass weight of 0% (1376.75g) and 2.5% (1382.50g) were significantly higher than the values of 5% (1348.48), 7.5% (925.65g) and 10% (910.18g). The dressing percentages were also significantly different (P>0.05) across the treatments and it reduces with an increase in the replacement levels of FJSM. The values ranged from 75.54-65%. The weight of the liver were similar in 5% (46.64), 7.5% (46.72) and 10% (47.92) replacement levels and significantly (P<0.05) higher than the values observed in birds on 0% (34.4) and 2.5% (38.32) replacement levels. Results for large intestine length, small intestine weight and length, ceacal weight and length were all significantly (P<0.05) different while large intestine weights were similar. Abdominal fat however decreases from 32.32-25.99 with increasing levels of FJSM.






The DM content slightly increased from 89.82% in the raw seed meal to 92.55% in the fermented seed. The relative increase in the DM content of FMJ seed could be as a result of extraction of the oil after fermentation. The values observed in this study however is lower than 97.47% reported by Oladele and Oshodi (2007) and the range of 94.26-97.71% for whole seed kernel seeds and variously processed Jatropha seed by Ojediran et al., (2014). The increase in DM content after processing has been reported by several workers (Belewa and Sam, 2010; Akande, et al., 2012). The CP content of 42.38 % obtained for fermented Jatropha seeds was higher than 32.61% for the raw seeds. This could possibly be attributed to the oil extraction of the fermented seeds. These values are higher than 24.60% reported by Akintayo (2004) for unfermented Jatropha kernel, 32.88 Abou-Arab and Abu-Salem, (2010) and 13.40 Ogbobe and Akano, (1993) for untreated Jatropha gossypifolia. The variations in the values when compared to other workers could be attributed to the differences in the species of the Jatropha as observed by Makkar et al. (1998) and Ojediran et al. (2014). CF content decreased from 4.13% in the raw seed to 2.10% after fermentation. The CF content of the raw Jatropha seed is similar to the value of CF reported by Olomu (2011) for Lima bean (4.60%) and Kidney bean (4.20%), but lower than 9.25% reported by Ogbobe and Akano (1993) for untreated seed of Jatropha gossypifolia. The nitrogen free extract (NFE) decreased from 33.81% in the raw Jatropha seed meal to 23.75% after fermentation. The EE was higher (34.21%) in the fermented seed when compared to 11.34% in the raw seed. The metabolizable energy value was higher (5177.82Kcal/kg) in the raw seed and lower value (3329.72Kcal/kg) was observed in the fermented seed. This could be explained by the fact that oil has been known to improve the energy content of feeding materials as observed by Ojediran et al. (2014). The ME of both the raw and fermented Jatropha seed is higher than the value of 2430Kcal/kg reported by Olomu, (2011) for broad bean.

The result of the anti-nutrients in Jatropha seed revealed that the raw seed has the highest quantity of all the anti-nutrients when compared with the fermented seed. The tannin content reduced from 3% in the raw seed to 0.70% after fermentation. While the trypsin inhibitors also reduced from 22.16% in the raw seed to 4.45% in the fermented seed. Fermentation also influenced the concentration of saponin and phobo lesters in Jatropha seed. In the raw seed, the values were 18.11 and 2.80% respectively while in the fermented seed it was 5.18 and 1.06% respectively. All the values obtained for anti-nutritive factors were higher than those reported by Ojediran et al. (2014). Even though fermentation resulted in increased nutrient composition, it did not influence complete removal of the anti-nutritive factors. Makkar et al. (1998) reported that phobolesters which is a major anti-nutritive factor in Jatropha curcas seed is not safe for livestock beyond 0.09mg/g. The saponin content of 18.11for raw  and  5 . 8 1  for fermented Jatropha seed are higher than the values reported by Ojediran et al. (2014). It is evident that fermentation and deffattening has little effect on saponin concentration.

The daily weight and final body weight in this study was significant (P<0.05) among the treatment groups, though inferior to what was reported by Kanyinji and Sichangwa (2014) for fermented cotton seed meal and also  lower than the values reported by Annongu et al. (2010).

FCR which is an index of feed utilization was within the range of 2.82 – 2.85 recommended by Oluyemi and Roberts (2000) for broiler chickens. Oladunjoye et al., (2014) however reported superior values for FCR than what was observed in this study. It is likely that the residual anti-nutritive factors in the diets could have limited the efficient utilization of all the Jatropha seed based diets. The use of Jatropha curcas meal in animal nutrition is faced with several problems of anti-nutritional factors such as lectin, saponin, tannin, phytate, trypsin inhibitors and phorbol esters (Makkar and Becker, 1999).

It is evident that inclusion levels of FJSM had a significant (P<0.05) influence on carcass yield and internal organs characteristics except for large intestine weight. The values for weight and length of small intestine tended to increase as the level of fermented Jatropha seed meal is increased. This could possibly be explained by the fact that anti-nutritive factors inhibit proper digestion of feeding stuff and as such resulted into accumulation of too much of the feed consumed in the small intestine and resulted into its elongation. Similar observation was also reported by Yusuf et al. (2006). Substituting groundnut cake with FJSM beyond 2.5% shows a depressed performance in all the parameters evaluated for carcass yield. Aletor et al. (1989) observed that nutrition exert several influence on the development of carcass trait, organs and muscular growth in broilers. Dressing percentage range of 75.44-66% observed in this study is higher than the range of 60.42-66% reported by Yakubu et al. (2012) when they replaced groundnut cake with cotton seed cake in broilers and also higher than 66.70 – 73.25% reported by Omolade et al., (2015) on broiler chickens fed diets containing roselle extract. The dressing percent obtained in this study was however lower than the range of   73.15 – 89.49% reported by Ogbu et al., (2015) for raw and processed pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) seed meal.





The result of this study therefore suggests that fermentation improves the crude protein content of Jatropha curcas seed meal and also resulted into reduction of all the anti-nutritive factors evaluated. The performance parameters measured however decreases with increase in the levels of Jatropha curcas seed meal except for birds on 2.5% replacement level that were similar to those on 0% level. In conclusion, the result obtained has demonstrated that fermented FJSM can be included at 2.5% in the diets of broiler chickens without adverse effect on performance, carcass characteristics and internal organs. 





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Cite this Article: Yakubu B, YH Aliyara, M Antyev and Mbahi TF (2016). Effects of Fermented Jatropha (Jatropha curcas) Seed Meal on Growth Performance, Carcass and Internal Organs Evaluation of Broiler Finisher Chickens. Greener Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, 3(1):001-008, http://doi.org/10.15580/GJABG.2017.1.041017049