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Articles by K. Agboka
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  K. Attivi , K. Agboka , G.K. Mlaga , O.E. Oke , A. Teteh , O. Onagbesan and K. Tona
  Background and Objective: The scarcity and high cost of fish meal has led researchers to evaluate the use of unconventional protein sources as substitutes for fish meal in poultry feed. This study investigated the substitution of Black Soldier fly for fish meal in broiler diets. Materials and Methods: A total of 225 fourteen-day old broilers were assigned to five treatment groups: A0 (100% of fish meal and 0% of maggot meal), A25 (25% of fish meal and 75% of maggot meal), A50 (50% of fish meal and 50% of maggot meal), A75 (75% of fish meal and 25% of maggot meal) and A100 (0% of fish meal and 100% of maggot meal). Data were collected on feed intake, organ weights, biochemistry parameters and digestibility indices. Results: Birds in group A100 had the lowest feed intake and better feed conversion ratio. Gizzard weight of the birds in A0 and A25 was similar but significantly lower (p<0.05) than those in A50, A75 and A100. Intestinal length of birds in A50, A75 and A100 were significantly longer (p<0.05). No significant difference in serum total protein and cholesterol was recorded across the treatments whereas albumin concentration in the birds in group A100 was the highest (p<0.05). Triglycerides were in the following order: A0 = A25, = A50 A75 = A100. Uric acid concentration was significantly lower (p<0.05) in (A0). Conclusion: Black Soldier fly maggot meal improved broiler productive performance without any deleterious effect and can be considered as a suitable alternative for fish meal.
  G.K. Mlaga , K. Agboka , K. Attivi , O. Oke , E. Osseyi , Y. Ameyapoh , A. Teteh , Y. Adjrah , O. Onagbesan and K. Tona
  Background and Objective: There has been a search for non-conventional feedstuffs such as maggot meal as a result of scarcity and high cost of fishmeal. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of the black soldier fly maggot meal as a protein source on meat quality of broiler chickens. Materials and Methods: A total of 225 broiler chicks (Ross 308) were assigned to five treatment groups of varying dietary inclusion levels of fish and maggot meal; 100% fishmeal and 0% maggot meal (control group) (A0), 75% fishmeal: 25% maggot meal (A25), 50% fishmeal: 50% maggot meal (A50), 25% fishmeal: 75% maggot meal A(75) and 100% maggot meal and 0% fishmeal (A100). At the 57th day, 6 chickens per replicate were randomly selected and slaughtered to evaluate the carcass yield and meat quality. Results: Results showed that there was a reduction of breast water loss in group A100 compared to the other batches (p<0.05). The maggot meal increased the yield and ultimate pH (pHu) of the breast of A100 group (p<0.05). In addition, meat protein levels were also higher in the treated groups than that of the control group (p<0.001). In contrast, thigh yield, abdominal fat and mineral contents were not affected by the dietary inclusion of maggot meal. Conclusion: Broilers fed 100% maggot meal obtained the best meat characteristics. This could be attributed to the high-quality protein contained in the Black Soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) maggot meal. It can be concluded that maggot meal is a non-conventional protein source which can be used as fish meal replacer in broiler diet.
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