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Asian Journal of Animal Sciences
Year: 2012  |  Volume: 6  |  Issue: 5  |  Page No.: 220 - 229

Nutritional Value of Differently Processed Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis Forsberg) Meal for Grower Rabbits

I.O. Oladunjoye and O.O. Ojebiyi    

Abstract: An eight week study was conducted to determine the nutritive value of Raw Breadfruit Meal (RBFM), Cooked Breadfruit Meal (CBFM) and Fermented Breadfruit Meal (FBFM) for the grower rabbit to increase their feed resources base and reduce cost of feeding. Breadfruit meals were included at 25% in the three diets except the control and the diets fed to four groups of fifteen rabbits in a completely randomized design. Data was collected on feed intake, weight gain, feed conversion ratio, digestibility, carcass and haematological characteristics. Results showed that weight gain of the rabbits that were fed control diet (15.4 g) was lower (p<0.05) than those fed FBFM (16.4 g) but higher than that of the group fed RBFM (12.8 g). Final weight, total weight gain, live weight, carcass weight and carcass yield followed similar trend. Feed consumed by the rabbits that were fed RBFM was lower (p<0.05) than that of the control, CBFM and FBFM diets. Rabbits that received RBFM also had lower (p<0.05) digestibility, Packed cell volume, Haemoglobin concentration, red blood cell counts and poor feed conversion than those fed other diets. Kidneys, pancreas and heart of the rabbits that were fed RBFM diet were larger (p<0.05) than those fed other diets. Cost/kilogram weight gain of the rabbits fed FBFM was lower than that of other diets. It was concluded that 25% FBFM can be included in grower rabbit diet to maximize growth and reduce production cost.

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