Utilisation of Different Protein Sources for Growing Rabbits
W. O., Biobaku and A. M., Bamgbose and C. U., Achike (2003) Utilisation of Different Protein Sources for Growing Rabbits. Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, 26 (2). pp. 73-77. ISSN 1511-3701
The effects of groundnut cake and local [zsh meal on the growth and protein utilisation of rabbits were studied. The eight weeks feeding trial involving twentyfour, six-week-old male and female exotic white rabbits weighing 550-610 g in a completely randomised design were fed three diets: a control diet which had the combination of groundnut cake and local fish meal, and experimental diets that had either groundnut cake or local fish meal as the protein source. The groundnut cake (GNC) and the local fish meal (LFM) were high in protein (48.13% and 52.15% respectively), the local fish meal had a low fibre level (0.83 %) while the groundnut cake was low in ash (5.22%) but high in fiber (5.52%). Both protein sources supplied appreciable arrwunts of protein and minerals. The control diets gave significantly (P<O.Ol) better weight gains than the groundnut cake and local fish meal diets respectively. Protein efficiency ratio was also significantly (P<O.Ol) better with control diets, when compared with the eNC and LFM diets. No significant differences were obtained in the level offeed: Gain from rabbits fed the trial diets. There was no incidence of enterities or mortality among the treatment groups.
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