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The Effect of Graded Levels of Dietary Inclusion of Siam Weed (Chromolaena odorata) Leaf Meal in Grower Rabbits Diet in a Tropical Environment

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Author(s): Akinmutimi, A.H | A. Akufo

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

Volume: 5;
Issue: 8;
Start page: 707;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Siam weeds leaf meal | rabbits diet | tropical environment

ABSTRACT
A feeding trial was conducted using 24 grower rabbits to evaluate the effect of graded levels of dietary inclusion of Chromolaena odorata (Siam weed) leaf meal in their diets. The rabbits were divided in to 4 treatments with 3 replicates per treatment arranged in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD). Four diets were formulated. Diet 1 was the control diet while diets2, 3 and 4 contain 15,25 and 35 % dietary levels of the test ingredient (Siam weed leaf meal), respectively. Each diet represented a treatment. Feed and water were given ad -libitum. The experiment lasted for 56 days. Data were colleted for feed intake, weight gain, carcass quality and organ weight from where other parameters like feed conversion ratio, percent mortality, organ and carcass weight expressed as percentage dressed weight were calculated. For growth performance, there was significant difference (p
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