Blood Components and Growth Indices of West African Dwarf Goats Fed Various Level of Boiled Rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) Seed Meal

Authors

  • M.D. Udo AkwaIbom State University, P.M.B.1167, Uyo, AkwaIbom State, Nigeria
  • F. O. Ahamefule MOUAU, Abia State, Nigeria.
  • J. A. Ibeawuch MOUAU, Abia State, Nigeria.
  • N. N. Etim AkwaIbom State University, P.M.B.1167, Uyo, AkwaIbom State, Nigeria

Keywords:

Haematology, biochemical, rubber seed, alternative feedstuff, anti-nutrition

Abstract

The haematological, biochemical and growth indices of West African Dwarf (WAD) bucks fed various inclusion levels of boiled rubber seed meal was investigated in this study. Sixteen WAD bucks aged 6-7 months were randomly assigned to 4 dietary treatments (0-30% boiled rubber seed meal-BRSM). Each treatment has 4 bucks with a buck being a replicate, in a completely randomised design. The experiment lasted for 56 days. Average daily feed intakes (g) were 417.90; 428.93; 322.00 and 288.10 for diets A, B, C, and D respectively. Corresponding average daily weight gain (ADWG) were 31.69; 53.92; 46.62 and 34.64 with feed/gain ratio being least (6.90) for goats fed diet C (20% BRSM) which did not differ (P>0.05) significantly from animals fed diet B (7.95 BRSM). Apart from blood cholesterol, all haematological and biochemical parameters were not influenced by dietary treatments. Though all the inclusion levels (10-30%) of boiled rubber seed meal were safe as feed for WAD goat, 20% inclusion diet enhanced best performance.

Author Biographies

M.D. Udo, AkwaIbom State University, P.M.B.1167, Uyo, AkwaIbom State, Nigeria

Department of Animal Science, 

F. O. Ahamefule, MOUAU, Abia State, Nigeria.

Department of Animal Production and Livestock Management

J. A. Ibeawuch, MOUAU, Abia State, Nigeria.

Department of Animal Production and Livestock Management

N. N. Etim, AkwaIbom State University, P.M.B.1167, Uyo, AkwaIbom State, Nigeria

Department of Animal Science, 

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Published

2024-07-09

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Udo, M. ., Ahamefule, F. O. ., Ibeawuch, J. A. ., & Etim, N. N. . (2024). Blood Components and Growth Indices of West African Dwarf Goats Fed Various Level of Boiled Rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) Seed Meal. Nigerian Journal of Animal Production, 1392–1394. Retrieved from https://njap.org.ng/index.php/njap/article/view/6564

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