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Articles by G.O. Farinu
Total Records ( 3 ) for G.O. Farinu
  J.A. Akinlade , G.O. Farinu , A.A. Taiwo , O.A. Aderinola , T.A. Adebayo , O.O. Ojebiyi and O.A. Olaniran
  Two experiments were conducted to evaluate the potential use of jackbean (Canavalia ensiformis) forage as a feed supplement for West African dwarf goats in the derived savannah zone of Nigeria. In experiment 1, the forage production potential and quality of Canavalia ensiformis was investigated at three different spacing in a randomized complete block experiment. In the second experiment, the supplementary feeding value of the herbage in goats was investigated in a completely randomized experiment. Results showed that plant components (leaves, stem and whole) decreased (p<0.05) with increasing spacing. Leaf yield were 0.223, 0.209 and 0.109 t ha-1 for spacing 50x50, 75x75 and 100x100 cm, respectively. Crude protein contents of the leaves were similar (p>0.05) and were; 14.88 15.09 and 15.00% at 50x50, 75x75 and 100x100 cm spacing, respectively. In the second experiment, the total dry matter intake increased with increasing levels of supplementation (p<0.05). The total crude protein intake followed a similar trend. Average daily weight gain differed among the treatment groups with 0.18 g day-1 gain at the control group. It can be concluded based on herbage dry matter yield, nutrient composition and the animal performance that Canavalia ensiformis forage can be usefully incorporated into the dry season feed strategy of WAD goats in the derived savannah zone of Nigeria.
  R.O. Olabanji , G.O. Farinu , J.A. Akinlade and O.O. Ojebiyi
  Thirty-two crossed-bred rabbits of mixed sexes were used to investigate the effect of different inclusion levels of Wild Sunflower Leaf-blood Meal (WSFLBM) mixture on growth performance, carcass and organ characteristics of weaned rabbits in a completely randomized experimental design. Four diets were formulated to contain 0% (control), 5, 10 and 20% WSFLBM. The trial lasted for 56 days. Results showed that rabbits on 5, 10 and 20% inclusion levels had daily feed intake, average daily weight gain and feed to gain ratio that were comparable (p>0.05) to those on control diet. The feed cost per kg diet was significantly (p<0.05) reduced as the level of inclusion of WSFLBM mixture increased. The feed cost per kg weight gain was however not affected (p>0.05). Relative weights of heart, lung, kidney, spleen, stomach, pancreas and large intestine of rabbits on WSFLBM diets compared favourably with those rabbit on the control diet (p>0.05). It was concluded that wild sunflower leaf-blood meal mixture (WSFLBM) could be efficiently utilized and tolerated by weaner rabbits up to 20% inclusion level without any deleterious effect. However, further investigation into the long - term effect on internal organs and reproductive performance is suggested.
  S.G. Ademola , T.E. Lawal , O.O. Egbewande and G.O. Farinu
  Medicinal spices such as garlic and ginger contain chemical substances that could be used to enhance the value of food of animal origin. These substances such as organosulphur compounds of garlic and gingerone, shoagaols of ginger are responsible health benefits of these spices. The study investigated the addition of mixtures of garlic and ginger to diets of pullet chicks, growers and laying hens to evaluate beneficial effects on growth and egg production as well as their possible effects on lipid content of serum and yolk. Five diets were used for the study. Control diet was not supplemented with any of the mixtures. Four increasing levels of garlic (0.5%, 1.0%, 1.5% and 2.0%) were incorporated into diets for pullet chicks, growers and laying hens. Ginger supplements were also added to the diets at 0.5% and 0.75%. The results showed that the mixtures of garlic and ginger were beneficial by promoting final live weight of pullet growers, laying hens and also by lowering total cholesterol, triacylglycerol concentration in serum and yolk. Furthermore, the mixtures of garlic and ginger significantly (p<0.001) improved hen day production, egg weight and feed conversion. However, dietary inclusion of the mixtures significantly reduced shell weight and thickness. Significant (p<0.001) negative linear relationships were observed between dietary mixtures of garlic and ginger with parameters of serum and yolk lipids. In conclusion, the mixtures of garlic and ginger improved egg weight with lower cholesterol and triacylglycerol as well as better hen day production of laying hens. The results implied that the mixtures could benefit growth, laying performance and lowered yolk lipid content.
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