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Articles by F.N. Madubuike
Total Records ( 4 ) for F.N. Madubuike
  F.N. Madubuike and B.U. Ekenyem
  A 49-day feeding trial involving 240 one-week old Anak broiler chicks was carried out to study the haematology and serum biochemistry of broilers fed varying dietary inclusion levels of Ipomoea asarifolia leaf meal. The birds were grouped into four dietary treatments of 0%, 5%, 10% and 15% levels of Ipomoea asarifolia leaf meal (IALM), which were further replicated 4 times in a completely randomized design. Feed and water supply were offered to birds ad libitum while standard management practices were meticulously adopted. At the 8th week of age, 16 birds were randomly selected (4 per treatment), bled 9.00am - 10.00am from punctured vein to aspirate 7mls of blood from each bird for haematology and serum assay. Results of the haematology parameters showed significant differences (P< 0.05) between treatments, indicating that IALM influenced the values of the parameters. However, packed cell volume (PCV) and Eosinophil did not significantly differ (P>0.05) between their treatments. This shows that the IALM influenced the serum chemistry of Anak broilers as their values reduced with increasing levels of IALM.
  B.U. Ekenyem and F.N. Madubuike
  Thirty-two large white x Hampshire weaner pigs aged 8-9 weeks with average weight of 18kg were used in a 56 day feeding trial to evaluate the effect of dietary inclusion levels of Ipomoea asarifolia Leaf Meal (IALM) on the haematology and serum biochemistry of weaner pigs. The pigs were separated into four groups and further replicated 4 times in a completely randomized design and fed diets containing 0, 5, 10 and 15% levels of IALM which represented treatments 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively. The pigs were adequately housed, while feed and potable water were supplied ad libitum. Other standard management practices were adequately put in place. At the end of the 56 days, 4 pigs were randomly sampled from each treatment (1 per replicate) and blood collected through venepuncture on veins at backside of the ears. The samples were analyzed for haematology and serum biochemistry. All data were subjected to analysis of variance. Results show that most haemotological parameters were influenced by the varying levels of the treatment indicating significant differences (p<0.05) between treatments except for Hb and MCH. Also, white blood cell differentials significantly differed (p<0.05) between treatments. There were no deleterious effect on the haematology and serum biochemistry of growing pig.
  L.A. Agbabiaka , B.O. Esonu and F.N. Madubuike
  Studies were conducted on the proximate, mineral and anti-nutrients composition of raw and processed castor oil seeds and by-product. Processing methods adopted include fermentation, dry and moist heat (toasting and boiling) treatments respectively. The results revealed that, the processing methods have tremendous effect on the chemical and anti-nutrient components of the seed and by product. Nevertheless, the traditional methods of processing employed eventually reduced the concentration of anti-nutrients and encouraged its utilization in animal nutrition generally.
  Agbabiaka, L.A , F.N. Madubuike and S.A. Amadi
  A comparative study was conducted on phytochemical and nutrients assay of three ruminants’ rumen digesta between July and September, 2011. Samples of rumen digesta (DRD) were collected at the abattoir from cattle, goat and sheep, coded as DRDC, DRDG and DRDS respectively. These samples were sundried for 5 days prior to laboratory analyses. Result showed that DRDC contained highest values of 19.87 and 34.90% for crude protein and crude fiber (P>0.05) respectively but ash content was 11.12% (P<0.05) while DRDG and DRDS were higher in phytate, phytin phosphorus and oxalate compared to DRDC (P<0.05). There were no significant differences (P>0.05) in the concentration of Alkaloids and Saponins in all the treatments. This experiment has shown that, there is little or no variation in the nutrients composition of these abattoir wastes (DRD). However, their crude protein 18.5 ± 1.0% is comparable with some recognized feedstuffs such as spent grain and wheat offal hence may be of great potential in monogastric diets as source of xanthophylls and dietary fiber.
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