Effects of feeding sago pith residue on growth performance of rabbits
Malahubban, Masnindah and M. S., Firdaus and H., Mohammad Nasir and M., Jiwan (2009) Effects of feeding sago pith residue on growth performance of rabbits. In: 3rd International Conference on Animal Nutrition (ICAN) 2008 : Enhancing Feed Utilization Through Technology, 29-31 July 2008, Hotel Equatorial Bangi.
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An experiment was conducted to determine the effects of feeding sago pith residue on growth performance of 2-month-old New Zealand White rabbits. Eighteen rabbits were allocated to individual cages for three treatments in which they were fed diet with commercial rabbit pellet (Control); 40% sago pith residue (40% SPR) and 70% sago pith residue (70% SPR). The rabbits have access to water and feed ad libitum for 60 days. The result of average daily gain (ADG) of the 2 month-old rabbits fed with different levels of SPR was found to be significantly lower in the diet supplemented with 70% SPR (2.38 ± 0.006 g/d). The ADG of rabbits fed with Control (13.03 ± 0.012 g/d) and 40% SPR (10.98 ± 0.010) were significantly higher compared to the 70% SPR. Results of average daily intake (ADI) showed that rabbits fed on Control and 40% SPR were almost similar and significantly different (P>0.05) at 67.80 ± 1.736 g/d and 65.72 ± 1.436 g/d, respectively. However, ADI of rabbits fed with 70% SPR was significantly lower at 49.69 ± 0.709 g/d. The feed conversion ratio (FCR) of rabbits fed 70% SPR was found to be significantly different (P<0.05) than those rabbits fed Control and 40% SPR diets. This study suggest that rabbits can utilize SPR for growth but inclusion of SPR should not exceed 40% to obtain good growth response and feed conversion efficiency.
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