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Effect of Replacing Maize with Ripe Plantain and Yam Peels in the Diet of Weaner Rabbits

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Author(s): A.H. Akinmutimi | V.U. Odoemelam | S.F. Obasienkong

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

Volume: 5;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 737;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Replacing | maize | plantain and yam peels | rabbits diets

ABSTRACT
The effect of replacing maize with ripe plantain peels and yam peels in the diets of weaner rabbits were investigated using 15 weaner rabbits. There were five treatment diets in all designated T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5 with plantain peel and yam peel meal replacing maize meal as energy source at 0, 25, 50, 75, 100% levels, respectively. The diets were fed to the rabbits in a completely randomized design. This experiment lasted 56 days. Data were collected on feed intake, weight gain and were used to calculate other growth performance parameter. At the end of the trials two animals were selected from each treatment, slaughtered and were used to evaluate the carcass characteristics. The cost effectiveness of the diets was also evaluated. Data collected were subjected to analysis of variance and significant means were separated using Duncan?s multiple range test. There was significant (p

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