Sudik et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences
Vol. 10(2), pp. 114-119, 2020
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Effect of Feeding Soybean Curd Residue on Performance of Male Grower Rabbits
Sudik, SD; Ajiji, I; Bagudu, IA; Maidala, A.; Lawan, A
Department of Animal Science, Federal University, Gashua, Yobe State, Nigeria
A six week experiment was conducted to determine the effect of feeding soybean curd residue (SCR) on performance of male grower rabbits. Fifty (50) cross-bred male grower rabbits at 5 weeks of age were randomly assigned into five dietary treatments (T1-T5). Each treatment had 10 rabbits, individual housed in a completely randomized design. Treatment 1 had 0% SCR which served as control whereas diets 2- 5 had soybean meal (SBM) replaced with SCR by 5%, 10%, 15% and 20%, respectively. Feed and water were offered ad libitum. Rabbits fed T5 significantly (p<0.05) had highest live body weight and total weight gain (3.29±0.08kg and 2.55±0.09kg, respectively) whereas those fed T1 had lowest (2.83±0.44 and 2.10±0.18kg, respectively). Rabbits fed T5 alongside T4 significantly (p<0.05) had the best feed conversion ratio (1.84±0.13) whereas those fed T1 had worst (2.18±0.27). Other parameters such as Feed intake, Carcass and organs’ weights, haematological traits and serum biochemical were not significantly (P>0.05) affected by treatments. The cost of feed per 25kg decreased with increased SCR in the diets. Treatment 1 had higher costs (#1781.20/$4.88) while T5 had lower (#1704.55/$4.67). Similarly, cost of feed per weight gain decreased from T1 to T5 (#73.00/$0.44 to #69.35/$0.40). It was concluded that 20% SCR can be added in male grower rabbits’ diets without negative effect on performance.
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Cost; Male grower rabbits; Performance; protein source; Soybean curd residue
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Cite this Article: Sudik, SD; Ajiji, I; Bagudu, IA; Maidala, A; Lawan, A (2020). Effect of Feeding Soybean Curd Residue on Performance of Male Grower Rabbits. Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences 10(2): 114-119.
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