Performance of Grower Rabbits Fed Graded Levels of Moringa oleifera Leaf Meal

Authors

  • B. C. Lalabe Federal University Wukari, Taraba State
  • D. I. Tsokwa Federal University Wukari, Taraba State
  • G. S. Sani Federal College of Education Yola. Adamawa State
  • S. F. Yustus Federal College of Education Yola. Adamawa State

Keywords:

Performance, grower rabbits, Moringa, soyabean meal

Abstract

Twenty-seven (27) crossbred male rabbits aged 4-5 weeks were used in an experiment to investigate the growth performance of
rabbits fed graded levels of Moringa oleifera leaf meal (MOLM). The composition of the diets revealed diets 1 (control) had
18.17%CP, 3000.06 Kcalkg ME and 11.2%CF, diet 2 had 15.66% CP, 2914.59 Kcal ME and 19.30% CF and diet 3 with 13.15%
CP 2814.74 Kcal (ME) and 39.00 CF. Treatments 1, 2 and 3, received 0, 25, and 50% MOLM respectively. The result of the
experiment showed that rabbits fed diets 1 and 2 had significantly (p<0.05) high final body weight (1732.82 and1726.66 g) and
daily average weight gain (11.40 and 11.31g) respectively. The result of total feed intake and average daily feed intake followed
the same trend with treatment 1 and 2 with values of 4030.00, 3937.36g respectively; while diet 3 gave, lower values 3720.15 g.
The feed conversion ratio was numerically lower at the inclusion level of 25% MOLM (6.22) compared to the control (6.35) and
diet 3 (8.99). The cost per kg diet declined as indusion levels of MOLM increased with values of N89. 62, 70.05 and 62.20 for
diets 1, 2 and 3 respectively. The rabbit performed better on the control (diet1) and test diet 2, with diet 2being more economically efficient. 25% MOLM is therefore recommended as the optimum inclusion level in place of full fat soya beans in grower rabbit diets for optimum performance and profitability.

Author Biographies

B. C. Lalabe, Federal University Wukari, Taraba State

 Department of Animal Production and Health, Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences 

D. I. Tsokwa, Federal University Wukari, Taraba State

 Department of Animal Production and Health, Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences 

G. S. Sani, Federal College of Education Yola. Adamawa State

 Department of Agricultural Science, 

S. F. Yustus, Federal College of Education Yola. Adamawa State

 Department of Agricultural Science, 

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Published

2024-07-09

How to Cite

Lalabe, B. C., Tsokwa, D. I., Sani, G. S., & Yustus, S. F. (2024). Performance of Grower Rabbits Fed Graded Levels of Moringa oleifera Leaf Meal. Nigerian Journal of Animal Production, 422–424. Retrieved from https://njap.org.ng/index.php/njap/article/view/5281

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