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Asian Journal of Animal Sciences
  Year: 2012 | Volume: 6 | Issue: 6 | Page No.: 263-277
DOI: 10.3923/ajas.2012.263.277
Performance of Grazing West African Dwarf Goats on Moringa Multinutrient Block Supplementation
V.O. Asaolu, J.A. Akinlade, O.A. Aderinola, A.T. Okewoye and J.A. Alalade

Abstract:
The performance of grazing West African Dwarf (WAD) goats on Moringa Multi Nutrient Block (MMNB) supplementation was assessed relative to cassava peels (CPL) and corn starch residues (CSR), using a complete randomized design with four replicates per treatment. Performance indices were supplement intake and experimental animals’ weight and haematological changes. Statistical (p<0.05) differences were observed in supplement intakes, which were 11.08, 23.61 and 34.53 g-1 kg0.75 for MMNB, CPL and CSR respectively. MMNB however had higher nutrient contents. Weight changes were positive across treatments. Mean weight gain for animals on MMNB supplementation (38.10 g day-1) was however significantly (p<0.05) higher than those of the animals on the reference supplements, which showed no statistical (p>0.05) difference. Only MMNB supplementation resulted in a significant (p<0.05) increase in Packed Cell Volume (PCV) at the end of the study although all values fell within the range considered normal for clinically-healthy WAD goats. Each of the three supplements resulted in significant (p<0.05) increases in Haemoglobin (Hb) and Red Blood Cell (RBC) counts, although the magnitudes of the increases were most pronounced with MMNB. Animals on CSR maintained relatively comparable levels of WBC at both the commencement and end of the study. However, CPL supplementation resulted in higher (p<0.05) WBC values at the end of the study whereas MMNB supplementation resulted in corresponding lower (p<0.05) values. Hence, adoption of the MMNB feeding technology by small ruminant keepers could be a panacea to the nutritional and health hardships faced by the animals during the usually long dry season.
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How to cite this article:

V.O. Asaolu, J.A. Akinlade, O.A. Aderinola, A.T. Okewoye and J.A. Alalade, 2012. Performance of Grazing West African Dwarf Goats on Moringa Multinutrient Block Supplementation. Asian Journal of Animal Sciences, 6: 263-277.

DOI: 10.3923/ajas.2012.263.277

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ajas.2012.263.277

 
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