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Evaluation of Raw African Yam Bean Meal as Substitute for Soya Bean Meal in the Diet of Weaner Rabbits

Author(s): Akinmutimi, A.H. | N. Amaechi | M. Unogu

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

Volume: 5;
Issue: 11;
Start page: 907;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Evaluation | raw African yam bean meal | soybean meal | substitute | weaner rabbits diet

1, T2, T3 and T4. Diet 1 (soybean based) served as control while diets 2, 3 and 4 had African yam bean substituting for soybean meal at 32.26, 64.52 and 96.77%, respectively. A total of 24 weaner rabbits of different sexes and breeds were assigned to those diets in a completely randomized design. The trial consisted of six rabbits per treatment, replicated thrice, with each replicate having 2 rabbits. The trial lasted for 56 days. Data were collected on feed intake, weight gain, organ weights and serum chemistry while feed-to-gain ratio and economics of diet were calculated. The result showed that the feed intake of the control diet differed significantly from those of diets 3 and 4. Weight gain per rabbit per day for diets 1, 2 and 3 was statistically similar, but differed significantly (p
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