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Scholarly Journal of Agricultural Science Vol. 12(2), pp. 12-18 October, 2022
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Blood Characteristics of Uda Lambs Fed Graded Levels of Sweet Potato (Ipomea Batata) Peels in the Semi - Arid Zone, Nigeria

Kwaido, A.A.*1 and Hillary, A.C.2

1,2Department of Animal Science, Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero, P.M.B 1144 Aliero, Kebbi State, Nigeria .


Received: 20 September, 2022, Accepted: 12 October, 2022, Published: 24 October, 2022:

This study was conducted to determine the blood characteristics of Uda lambs fed graded levels of Sweet Potato (Ipomea batata) Peels in the semi - arid Zone, Nigeria. Twelve (12) weeks feeding trial was conducted using sixteen (16) weaned male Uda lambs of about 8-12 months old weighing 17-22kg at the Livestock Teaching and Research Farm (LTRF), Department of Animal Science, Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero. Four complete experimental diets were formulated with graded levels of sweet potato peels at 0, 10, 20 and 30% inclusion levels. The animals were randomly allocated to these four (4) dietary treatment groups in a Completely Randomised Design (CRD). Blood samples were collected and analysed for haematological and biochemical indices. Haematological and biochemical parameters analysed were not significant at (P>0.05). It was concluded that feeding Uda ram lambs with sweet potato peels did not affect blood chemistry and haematological indices. Therefore, it is recommended that Sweet Potato (Ipomea batata) Peels can be included in Uda lambs diet to about 30% without any detrimental effect to the animals.

 

Key words: Blood characteristics; Ipomea batata; Livestock; Semi - arid Zone; Uda lambs.

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