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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
Year: 2011  |  Volume: 10  |  Issue: 10  |  Page No.: 987 - 990

Potentials of Monechma ciliatum as a Non-conventional Feedstuff in Sheep Diet in Sokoto, Nigeria

E.A. Ogunsan, D.O. Ehizibolo, Y.G. Dashe, J.D. Jatau, F.M. Tambuwal, G.I. Dogo, N.K. Osuji and M.Y. Sugun    

Abstract: An experiment was conducted to determine the effect of including Monechma ciliatum (MC) in the diet of sheep at 0 (control), 10, 20 and 30% levels. The results show that increasing the level of supplementation of MC beyond 20% decreased the feed intake and subsequently live weight gain. Except for total ash, nutrients digestibility follow similar pattern. The least cost of feed per kg live weight gain of $2.04 occurred at the 20% inclusion level and cheapest ration to feed to sheep. Whereas blood parameters differed between treatments, they were mostly within physiological limits. The metabolizable energy content of 2435 kcal/kg of the 20% diet is also the highest amongst all treatments.

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