Journal of Applied Sciences1812-56541812-5662Asian Network for Scientific Information10.3923/jas.2006.1909.1914Lemna paucicostata)in Least-cost Ration Formulation for Broiler Finisher]]>Temitope O.S.Olorunfemi, 9200669This study was on the application of linear programming to the utilization of locally available and non-conventional feedstuff - Duckweed (Lemna paucicostata) as dietary component of feed for broilers aged from 6 to 10 weeks old. Linear Programming (LP) technique was used to investigate, analyse and determine the most efficient way of compounding the least-cost ration. Mathematical models were constructed, taking into consideration nutrient composition of each of the available ingredient, raw material specifications, costs and nutrient requirements of the broiler finisher`s mash. Simplex algorithm was used in solving the resulting linear programming models. The LP model gave least cost feed formulation containing duckweed as optimum at iteration 15 while the optimum for the control was at iteration 19. The result shows that utilization of diet containing 29.50% of duckweed is cost-effective by reducing the cost of the feed by 20.82% and this will invariably improve profitability in broiler production.]]>Lemna Corporation,1992Anonymous,2006Mbagwu, I.G., F.C. Okoye and H.A. Adeniji,1990Lemna paucicostata Hegelm) as Fish Food.]]>Aduku, A.O.,1993Anonymous,2006Miller, D.S. and P.R. Payne,1959NRC.,1994Anonymous,2006Aletor, V.A.,1986West, K.B.D.,1989Olorunfemi, T.O.S., F.M. Aderibigbe, S.O. Falaki, O.T. Adebayo and E.A. Fasakin,2001Olorunfemi, T.O.S., F.M. Aderibigbe, B.K. Alese and E.A. Fasakin,2006Lemna pausicostata) in least cost feed formulation for broiler starter a linear programming analysis.]]>Fetuga, B.L.,1989Oluyemi, J.A.,1989Kuester, J.L. and J.H. Mize,1973Saaty, T.L.,1955Ensminger, M.E.,1980Skillicorn, P., W. Spira and W. Journey,1993Taha, H.A.,1987Ilemobade, A.A.,1985World Bank,1991