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Scholarly Journal of Agricultural Science Vol. 7(1), pp. 20-26 February, 2017
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Effect of feeding different levels of Tridax procumbens Meal on the Performance, Carcass Characteristics and Blood Profile of Growing Cockerel

Alagbe, J.O.


Livestock Department at Dan-malafia Research Farms, Ibadan, Nigeria. Email: demsonfarms@yahoo.com.

Abstract :

 

This experiment was carried out to investigate the effect of feeding different levels of Tridax procumbens leaf meal on the performance and blood profile of growing cockerels. Experimental parameters covered growth performance, nutrient retention, carcass dressing percentage, some heamatological and blood serum analysis. One hundred and twenty, four weeks Isa white cockerels were randomly divided into four treatments groups with three replicates, each of ten birds in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD). Group 1 was fed basal diet without T. procumbens leaf meal (TPLM), Group 2, 3 and 4 were fed basal diets supplemented with TPLM at levels of 0.2%, 0.4% and 0.6% respectively. The basal diet was formulated to meet the nutritional requirements of growing birds according to NRC (1994), the experiment lasted for 90 days and the results obtained showed that there were no significant at P>0.05 differences among all treatments in the values of final live weight, feed intake, feed conversion ratio, nutrient retention, carcass dressing percentage. Results for heamatology showed that white blood cell counts were significantly (P<0.05) affected with the inclusion of T. procumbens leaf meal, SGPT and SGOT were the only parameters that were also significantly different during serum analysis. No mortality was recorded throughout the experimental period. Results obtained from this study showed that T. procumbens leaf meal is a good source of plant protein and its inclusion at 0.6% level does not have any deleterious effect on the general performance and health status of cockerels..

 

Key words: Growing cockerels, performance, heamatological parameters, carcass, organ.

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