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Evaluation of millet residue meal based diets as feed for the domestic rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

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Author(s): P. K. Karikari, | G. Darkoh | G. Deku

Journal: Research Opinions in Animal & Veterinary Sciences
ISSN 2221-1896

Volume: 1;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 144;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Apparent Digestibility | Domestic Rabbit | Litter Size | Mortality | Reproductive Characteristics | Weaning Weight

ABSTRACT
This research evaluated the nutritive value of millet residue meal with fish meal, soybean meal or fish-soybean meal combination (1:2) as protein source. The treatments were labelled according to protein source as fish meal diet, soybean meal diet and fish-soybean meal diet. Thirty nulliparous mixed-breed rabbits of an initial mean (±SD) body weight of 1852.6±122.7 g were used in a completely randomised design with 10 rabbits per treatment. The rabbits were allowed four weeks to adjust to the experimental diets before breeding was initiated. The feed intake during gestation and the reproductive data of the rabbits were assessed over two reproductive cycles. Does on the fish meal diet had poorer (P
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