Scholarly Journal of Agricultural Science Vol. 7(2), pp. 44-49 March, 2017
Available online at http:// www.scholarly-journals.com/SJAS
ISSN 2276-7118 © 2017 Scholarly-Journals
Performance, blood profile and carcass evaluation of growing grass cutters fed diets supplemented with matured polyalthia longifolia leaf meal
Livestock Department at Dan-malafia Research Farms Ibadan, Nigeria. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This experiment was conducted to investigate the performance, blood profile and carcass evaluation of growing grass cutters fed diets supplemented with matured Polyalthia longifolia leaf meal (PLLM). The experimental parameters covered growth performance, carcass dressing percentage and some blood parameters. Thirty two, 7 weeks old, male grass cutters with an initial weight of between 675 and 685g were randomly divided into four experimental groups with two replicates, each of four grass cutters in a completely randomized design (CRD). The four treatments groups had diets containing PLLM at 0, 5, 15 and 20% dietary inclusion levels. Experimental diets were fed for 8 weeks. The results showed that there was no significant (P>0.05) differences among all treatment groups in the values of final live weight, feed intake, feed conversion ratio, hematological parameters, serum biochemical indices and carcass dressing percentages. No mortality was recorded throughout the experimental period. It was concluded based on the data above that PLLM could be incorporated up to 20% level in a growing grass cutter ration.
Polyalthia longfolia, Phytochemistry, Grass cutter, Growth performance, Carcass characteristics.