Effect of Varying Levels and Sources of Dietary Fat on Growth Performance and Nutrient Digestibility in Rabbits
M. L., Egbo and T. A., Adegbola and E. O., Oyawoye and M. M., Abu Bakar (2004) Effect of Varying Levels and Sources of Dietary Fat on Growth Performance and Nutrient Digestibility in Rabbits. Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, 27 (1). pp. 65-71. ISSN 1511-3701
The effects of dietary fat sources and levels on growth performance and nutrient digestibility were investigated in cross-breed Lopx New Zealand rabbits. Fifty weaned rabbits were randomly allotted to five dietary treatments consisting of a control (no fat) and four others with fat, either from plant (groundnut oil) or animal (butter) sources, each at two levels (3% and 6%) of inclusion. There were ten rabbits per diet. Rabbits on 6% animal fat-based diet recorded the highest (P<O.Ol) better in rabbits on 6% animal diet. Organic matter intake (OMI) was observed to be similar between rabbits fed control and 3% animal fat diets. However, the 6% butter fat diet recorded the lowest. Crude protein digestibility (CPD) was similar in rabbit fed 3% and 6% level of animal fat which were the highest while 6% level of plant fat diet had the lowest CPD. These findings show that the inclusion of animal fat at 6% level improved the weight gain and efficiency of feed utilization in rabbits.
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