Growth Performance of Growing Rabbits Fed Horse Grass and Calapo Mixed Forages

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  • U. K. Ozuo Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
  • S. N. Ukachukwu Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
  • M. O. Okpara Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike

Keywords:

Carcass, feed intake, organ weights, performance, weight gain

Abstract

Thirty six growing rabbits (mean body weight [BW] = 0.86kg ±0.04) were used to investigate the effect of Horse grass (Andropogon tectorum) and Calopo (Calopogonum mucunoides) mixed forages on growth response of rabbits in a completely randomized experimental design (CRD) with three replications and each replicate having two (male and female) rabbits. Five treatment (T) diets were formulated to contain 60% Horse grass + 40% Calopo (T1), 70% Horse grass + 30% Calopo (T2), 80% Horse grass + 20% Calopo (T3), 90% Horse grass + 10% Calopo (T4) and 100% Horse grass (T5). The trial lasted for 56 days.Results showed that feed intake ranged from 78.75g DM/day for 80:20 grass:legume combination to 90.30 DM/day for 70:30 grass-legume combinations.However, the 70:30 combination had the highest weight gain (10.23g/day) and feed intake (90.30g/day) while sole grass (T5) produced the least live weight (7.94g/day). Treatments 1, 2 and 4 were higher for dressing percentage. Forage combination of 70% Horse grass and 30% Calopo with low concentrate supplementary diet (50g) could be efficiently utilized and tolerated by growing rabbits without any deleterious effect on performance.

Author Biographies

U. K. Ozuo, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike

Department of Animal Nutrition and Forage Science 

S. N. Ukachukwu, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike

Department of Animal Nutrition and Forage Science 

M. O. Okpara, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike

Department of Animal Nutrition and Forage Science 

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Published

2024-07-09

How to Cite

Ozuo, U. K. ., Ukachukwu, S. N. ., & Okpara, . M. O. . (2024). Growth Performance of Growing Rabbits Fed Horse Grass and Calapo Mixed Forages. Nigerian Journal of Animal Production, 1045–1048. Retrieved from https://njap.org.ng/index.php/njap/article/view/6190

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