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Scholarly Journal of Agricultural Science Vol. 7(1), pp. 15-19 February, 2017
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ISSN 2276-7118 © 2017 Scholarly-Journals

Effects of feeding varying levels of tigernut (Cyperus esculentus) seed meal on the performance and blood profile of weaner grass cutters

Alagbe, J.O.

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

Abstract :


A 60 day feeding trial involving forty-five, 6 weeks old weaner grass cutters of mixed sex with an initial weight of 745 -750g was conducted to examine the effect of feeding varying levels of tiger nut seed meal on the performance, heamatological parameters, some biochemical parameters and enzymes assay of weaner grass cutters. The grass cutters were divided into five (5) treatment groups of nine (9) grass cutters per group in a completely randomized design experiment. The five treatments groups had diets containing tiger nut seed meal at 0, 10, 20, 30 and 40% dietary inclusions levels. The performance criteria were initial live weight, final live weight, total feed intake and mortality while the blood profile includes the hematological and serum biochemical analysis. All the hematological parameters evaluated : Pack cell volume (PCV), Haemoglobin (Hb), White blood cell (WBC), Red blood cell (RBC), Mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration (MCHC), Mean corpuscular volume (MCV), Mean corpuscular haemoglobin (MCH) were not significantly (P>0.05) affected by the inclusion of Tiger nut meal. Significant influences were not observed for albumin, globulin and total protein. Serum glutamic oxaloacetate transaminase (SGOT) and Serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase (SGPT) were significantly affected (P<0.05) as the level of tiger nut meal increased in the diets. The results of this experiment demonstrated that the inclusion of tiger nut meal up to 40% has no deleterious effect on the performance and health status of grass cutters.


Key words: Grass cutters, tiger nut meal, performance live weight, mortality.

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