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Determination of Optimal Dietary Level of Inclusion of Cooked Sword Bean Meal in Broiler Starter Diet

Author(s): Akinmutimi, A.H.

Journal: Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
ISSN 1680-5593

Volume: 5;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 689;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Determination | optimal | cooked sword bean meal | broiler diet

The optimal dietary level of inclusion of cooked sword bean meal was investigated. One hundred and twenty (120) day-old Anak broiler chicks were randomly allocated to 4 dietary treatments, each having 3 replicates of 10 chicks in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD). Diet 1 was soybean-based control. While the test feedstuff (cooked sword bean meal) quantitatively replaced 27.27%, 36.36% and 45.45% of soybean meal in diets 2, 3 and 4, respectively. Each diet was offered ad-libitum to the birds for a period of 28 days. There was a general decrease as the quantity of the test diets increased for final live weight, daily weight gain and feed-intake. For feed conversion ratio, diet 2 had the lowest value (1.65) as opposed to (1.87) control diet, (2.2) diet 3 and (2.70) diet 4. For gross margin, diet 2 had the highest value (N163.45) when compared with control diet (N130.05), diet 3 (N120.37) and diet 4 (N85.47), making diet 2 a choice. Values of cut-parts showed significant (p
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