GROWTH PERFORMANCE OF WEANER RABBITS FED DIETS CONTAINING MORINGA OLEIFERA LEAF MEAL AND GONGRONEMA LATIFOLIUM LEAF MEAL

Author:
Ugwuowo Chidi Leonarda, Okafor Chibuzo Emiliaa, Ike Onyinye Promisea, Umeakuana Chidinma Dorisb and Ejivade Mercy Oyisia

Doi: 10.26480/mahj.02.2024.56.59

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Twenty-four weaner rabbits of same breed and mixed sex were used in an experiment to evaluate the effects of varying dietary inclusion of Gongronema latifolium lef meal (GLLM) and Moringa oleifera leaf meals (MOLM) on the growth performance and nutrient digestibility of weaner rabbits. The rabbits were allocated to four treatment groups in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD) and each treatment was replicated thrice with two rabbits in each replicate. The rabbits were fed with T1 diet which contained only the basal diets without MOLM and GLLM, T2 diet which contained 3% MOLM , T3 diet which contained 3% GLLM and T4 diet which contained 1.5% MOLM and 1.5% GLLM. Growth Performance criteria determined were feed intake, final weight gain, average daily weight gain, average daily feed intake, feed conversion ratio and nutrient digestibility. Rabbits fed the control diet recorded significantly (p<0.05) higher total feed intake and protein digestibility. The results of the experiment suggest that treatment one which does not contain MOLM and GLLM performed better than other treatments and should be adopted in rabbit production.

Pages 56-59
Year 2024
Issue 2
Volume 4