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Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
Year: 2006  |  Volume: 5  |  Issue: 10  |  Page No.: 791 - 794

Evaluation of Three Dietary Levels of Wild Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia, Hemsi A. Gray) Forage Meal on Growth and Carcass Measurement of Male Rabbits

V.A.Togun, G.O. Farinu, O.O. Ojebiyi, J.A. Akinlade and O.B.Popoola    

Abstract: Twenty-four cross bred male weaner rabbits of between 5-8 weeks, with mean weight of 804.67 g, were used in a feeding trial involving three levels 0,15 and 20% inclusion of Wild Sunflower Forage Meal (WSFM) in a complete randomized design study that lasted for 8 weeks. The rabbits were randomly divided into three dietary groups of 8 rabbits each. Each rabbit served as a replicate. The parameters measured were, feed intake, daily weight gain, feed: gain ratio, organ weights, carcass yield and tissue development. Rabbits with 20% WSFM inclusion in their diet recorded significant (p<0.05) lower values in daily feed intake and weight gain than both the control and 15% inclusion group. Values recorded for all the groups however did not significantly (p>0.05) differ in organ weights, organ yield and tissue development. It was concluded that WSFM can be included in the weaner rabbit diet up to 15% level without any deleterious effect on growth performance.

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