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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
  Year: 2008 | Volume: 7 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 13-16
DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2008.13.16
 
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Performance, Nutrient Utilization and Organ Characteristics of Broilers Fed Cassava Leaf Meal (Manihot esculenta Crantz)

F.C. Iheukwumere, E.C. Ndubuisi, E.A. Mazi and M.U. Onyekwere

Abstract:
A 35-day feeding trial involving 120, 5-week old Anak broilers was carried out in a completely randomized design to evaluate the performance, nutrient utilization and organ characteristics of broilers fed cassava leaf meal at dietary levels of 0, 5, 10 and 15% respectively. Feed intake, body weight gain, feed conversion ratio and organ weight of birds on the control (0%) and (5%) leaf meals were significantly superior (p<0.05) to the group on 10% and 15% leaf meal. The utilization of Dry Matter (DM), crude protein, ether extract and ash was significantly poorer at the 10 and 15% dietary levels. The organ weights (heart, liver, gizzard) were superior at 0 and 5% (p<0.05) groups to the groups on 10 and 15% inclusion levels of the leaf meal. It is suggested that 5% inclusion of cassava leaf meal could be used in broiler finisher diets without any deleterious effects.
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How to cite this article:

F.C. Iheukwumere, E.C. Ndubuisi, E.A. Mazi and M.U. Onyekwere, 2008. Performance, Nutrient Utilization and Organ Characteristics of Broilers Fed Cassava Leaf Meal (Manihot esculenta Crantz) . Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 7: 13-16.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2008.13.16

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjn.2008.13.16

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