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Articles by M.U. Onyekwere
Total Records ( 3 ) for M.U. Onyekwere
  F.C. Iheukwumere , E.C. Ndubuisi , E.A. Mazi and M.U. Onyekwere
  A 25-day feeding trial involving 120, 5-week old Anak broilers was carried out in a completely randomized design to evaluate, growth, blood chemistry and carcass yield 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 the control (0%) leaf meal were superior (p<0.05) to the group on 10% and 15% leaf meal. The total serum protein albumin and haemoglobin at 0% and 5% leaf meal were superior to the values on 10% and 15% leaf meal; however, cholesterol, creatinine and urea showed no significant differences (p>0.05) between the treatment group. The cut parts of the carcass showed superior values (p<0.05) in the control treatment and they differed significantly (p<0.05) from broilers on 5, 10 and 15% leaf meal in carcass yield. It is suggested that 5% inclusion of cassava leaf meal could be used in broiler finisher without any deleterious effect on growth, blood chemistry and carcass yield of broilers.
  F.C. Iheukwumere , E.C. Ndubuisi , E.A. Mazi and M.U. Onyekwere
  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.
  F.C. Iheukwumere , M.U. Onyekwere and U.E. Egu
  Thirty-six (36) 24 weeks old rabbit bucks were randomly assigned to three treatment diets. The treatments T1 T2 and T3 which contained T1 0% control. T2 20% raw pigeon pea seed meal and T3 20% boiled pigeon seed meal and fed to the rabbits in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD). The mean body weight gain, feed intake and feed conversion ratio did not differ significantly (p > 0.05) between rabbits on the control T1 0% and T3 20% boiled pigeon pea seed meal, but, however, they differed significantly (p < 0.05) from rabbits on 20% raw seed meal. The dressed weight and dressed percentage did not differ significantly (p > 0.05) between the control and 20% boiled seed meal, however, they differed significantly p < from rabbits on the T2 treatment diets (raw seed meal). Carcass length were similar between the treatment groups. The cut part and organ weights did not differ significantly (p > 0.05) between treatment groups, however, higher values were observed in rabbits fed 20% boiled pigeon pea seed meal. The testis characteristics (testis weight, tunica albuginea weight, testis length width and volume did not show any significant differences (p > 0.05) between treatment groups, however, higher values were observed in rabbits fed 20% boiled pigeon pea seed meal. It is concluded that 20% boiled pigeon pea seed meal supported the carcass and testicular characteristics of rabbit bucks.
 
 
 
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