Effects of Replacing Maize Offal With Dried Sweet Orange Peel Meal on the Performance and Blood Profile of West African Dwarf Goats

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  • J. Oloche University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nigeria
  • H. A. Hyande University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nigeria

Keywords:

Performance, sweet orange peels, maize offal, WAD goats, blood profile

Abstract

A total of nine grower West African dwarf (WAD) goats aged 5-6 months and weighing between 6.93 - 7.00kg were randomly divided into 3 groups of 3 animals each and housed individually in concrete floor compartments. Three experimental diets A, B and C were formulated and randomly allocated to the 3 animal groups in a completely randomized design. The diets were formulated to contain 0%,65% and 70% dried sweet orange peel meal (DSOPM). These were used to feed the goats for 12 weeks. Results show that performance parameters measured were similar (p>0.05) among the treatments. The mean daily feed intake values were 300.10g, 314.70g and 369.05g/day and the mean daily weight gains were 11.19g, 33.50g and 40.68g for treatment A, B and C respectively. There was also no treatment effect (p>0.05) on both the haematological and serum biochemical indices measured. Dried sweet orange peel meal can be used to replace maize offal up to 70% level without harmful effect on growth and the blood profile of goats.

Author Biographies

J. Oloche, University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nigeria

Department of Animal Production 

H. A. Hyande, University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nigeria

Department of Animal Production 

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Published

2024-07-09

How to Cite

Oloche, J., & Hyande, H. A. (2024). Effects of Replacing Maize Offal With Dried Sweet Orange Peel Meal on the Performance and Blood Profile of West African Dwarf Goats. Nigerian Journal of Animal Production, 775–778. Retrieved from https://njap.org.ng/index.php/njap/article/view/5777

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