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Title: Growth performance, carcass yield and blood profiles of growing rabbits fed concentrate diet supplemented with white lead tree ( Leucaena Leucocephala ) or siratro ( Macroptilium Atropurpureum ) leaves in North Central Nigeria
Authors: Makinde, O.
Keywords: white lead tree
Leucaena Leucocephala
performance
siratro
Macroptilium Atropurpureum
rabbits
carcass
haematology
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: O. Makinde. Growth performance, carcass yield and blood profiles of growing rabbits fed concentrate diet supplemented with white lead tree ( Leucaena Leucocephala ) or siratro ( Macroptilium Atropurpureum ) leaves in North Central Nigeria, 14, 2016, N 1, 80-86
Abstract: Thirty (30) 8-week old rabbits of average initial weight of 900 g were used to determine the Growth Performance, Carcass yield and Blood profiles of growing rabbits fed Concentrate diet supplemented with White lead tree (Leucaena leucocephala) or Siratro (Macroptilium atropurpureum) leaves in North Central Nigeria. The experiment was in a completely randomized design (CRD) with 5 treatment diets replicated thrice. The control group (T1) was fed a formulated rabbit diet, in T2, 10 % of the formulated rabbit feed was replaced with White lead tree fresh leaves, in T3, 20 % of the formulated rabbit feed was replaced with White lead tree fresh leaves, in T4, 10% of the formulated rabbit feed was replaced with Siratro fresh leaves and in T5, 20% of the formulated rabbit feed was replaced with Siratro fresh leaves. The study lasted 56 days. Feed and water were supplied ad libitum. Performance data indicated that body weight gain and feed conversion ratio were significantly (P<0.05) better in rabbits fed on 10% white lead tree and 10% Siratro inclusion than those fed on the 20% white lead tree and 20% Siratro inclusion levels. There were significant (P<0.05) differences in the organs weights of the rabbits except for lung and spleen (P>0.05). The weights of liver, heart and kidney were significantly (P<0.05) higher for rabbits on 20% white lead tree and 20% Siratro diets than those on other diets. The results of the packed cell volume, red blood cell count, white blood cell count, mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration, serum protein, albumin and creatinine of rabbits on 10% white lead tree and 10% Siratro inclusions were better (P < 0.05) than those on 20% white lead tree and 20% Siratro inclusion. Mean corpuscular haemoglobin, haemoglobin, globulin and urea were not influenced (P>0.05) by the dietary treatments. From the results, it was concluded that inclusion of 10% white lead tree or 10% Siratro leaves in rabbits’ diet had no adverse effects on the performance, carcass yield and blood profiles of growing rabbits.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/120
ISSN: 1313-3551
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