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Asian Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
Year: 2009  |  Volume: 4  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 214 - 218

Carcass Characteristics and Economic Benefits of Weaner Rabbits Fed Cassava Tuber Meals

J.S. Ekpo, I.P. Solomon, L.J. Isaac, K.O. Ekpo and O.O. Leo    

Abstract: An eleven-week research was conducted to evaluate the carcass characteristic and economics of production of rabbit fed cassava peel meal, peeled cassava tuber meal and composite cassava tuber meal diets. Twenty-four weaner rabbits of mixed strains and sexes aged 6 to 7 weeks randomly allotted to four dietary treatments replicated two times each with 3 rabbits per replicate in a completely randomized design. The parameters studied were final live-weights, dressed weight, dressing percentage, internal organs weights, feed cost (N kg1), total feed cost (N), feed cost (N kg1 gain) and relative cost advantage (%). There was no significant difference (p>0.05) in the final live weights, dressed weights, dressing percentage and in most of the internal organs measured. However, economic of production data indicated lowest cost per weight gain (N kg1) by the rabbits fed composite cassava tuber meal, while highest cost per weight gain was recorded in the rabbits fed the control diet (maize meal).

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