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Agricultural Journal
Year: 2012  |  Volume: 7  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 270 - 272

Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Finisher Broilers Fed Shrimps Waste Meal

A.C. Okonkwo, I.P. Akpan and L.J. Isaac    

Abstract: Shrimps which constitute >70% of sea catch on processing leaves the head, limbs, tail, etc., outside the meat portion that are processed for human consumption as a bulk of waste. The study was conducted to evaluate the effect of Shrimps Waste Meal (SWM) on the performance and carcass characteristics of broilers. About 96 anak broilers were randomly selected and assigned to four experimental treatments: T1-T4 at 4 weeks in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD). Each treatment had 2 replicates of 12 birds per replicate. The experimental diets were 0% SWM/100% broiler finisher, 5% SWM/95% broiler finisher, 10/90% broiler finisher and 15%SWM/85% broiler finisher. Data collected on live weight/live weight gain, feed consumption, feed gain ratio and carcass characteristics showed no significant difference (p>0.05) among treatment and there was no negative effect on the birds. Further studies should be carried out to test its effects on the meat and eating quality of broilers.

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