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Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
Year: 2006  |  Volume: 5  |  Issue: 10  |  Page No.: 795 - 799

Performance of Wad Goats Fed Panicum maximum Basal Diets with Different Protein Supplements

O.M.Arigbede, J.E.N. Olatunji, O.A. Isah, T.O. Bawala and K.A. Oseni    

Abstract: An experiment was conducted to compare the performance of WAD goats fed Panicum maximum basal diet and concentrate supplements of Palm Kernel Cake (PKC), Soya Bean Meal (SBM), Cotton Seed Cake (CSC) and Brewers Dried Grain (BDG). 12 animals were randomized into four groups to represent four treatments and each treatment has three replicates. Each animal represents a replicate. The experiment lasted 10 weeks and followed by three weeks metabolic trial. During the experiment, feed intake, weight gain and digestibility of nutrients were estimated while feed conversion ratio and protein efficiency ratio were calculated. The results obtained placed animals on SBM on top (p<0.05) in all the parameters estimated. This was followed by animals on CSC while animals on BDG had the least performance. The Dry Matter Intake (DMI) and the Crude Protein Intake (CPI) increased from 486.50 and 60.46 in BDG to 546.72 and 91.56 gd-1 in SBM, respectively. Digestibility of Dry Matter (DM) and Crude Protein (CP) increased from 57.90 and 71.80 in BDG and PKC respectively to 70.02 and 86.74% in SBM. The weight gain and protein efficiency ratio increased from 19.83 and 0.33in BDG to 33.36 and 0.37 in SBM, respectively while feed conversion ratio reduced from 24.53 in BDG to 16.39 in SBM. It was therefore, concluded from the experiment that WAD goats utilized SBM better than CSC, PKC and BDG.

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