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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
Year: 2008  |  Volume: 7  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 13 - 16

Performance, Nutrient Utilization and Organ Characteristics of Broilers Fed Cassava Leaf Meal (Manihot esculenta Crantz)

F.C. Iheukwumere, E.C. Ndubuisi, E.A. Mazi and M.U. Onyekwere    

Abstract: A 35-day feeding trial involving 120, 5-week old Anak broilers was carried out in a completely randomized design to evaluate the performance, nutrient utilization and organ characteristics of broilers fed cassava leaf meal at dietary levels of 0, 5, 10 and 15% respectively. Feed intake, body weight gain, feed conversion ratio and organ weight of birds on the control (0%) and (5%) leaf meals were significantly superior (p<0.05) to the group on 10% and 15% leaf meal. The utilization of Dry Matter (DM), crude protein, ether extract and ash was significantly poorer at the 10 and 15% dietary levels. The organ weights (heart, liver, gizzard) were superior at 0 and 5% (p<0.05) groups to the groups on 10 and 15% inclusion levels of the leaf meal. It is suggested that 5% inclusion of cassava leaf meal could be used in broiler finisher diets without any deleterious effects.

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