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Nutritional Evaluation of Albizia lebbeck (L.) Pods as Source of Feeds for Livestock

Author(s): L.G. Hassan | K.J. Umar | I. Atiku

Journal: American Journal of Food Technology
ISSN 1557-4571

Volume: 2;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 435;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Wild plants | Albizia lebbeck | feed | animal nutrition

The present study was conducted to find out the nutritional composition of Albizia lebbeck seeds and pods intended to be used as component in livestock feeds. The dried pods were sampled within the premises of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto between the periods of February to March, 2004. Seeds were separated from their pods manually and milled separately. The powdered samples were analysed for proximate and mineral contents. The results of the experiments showed seeds have the following composition: Dry matter (DM), 89.89±0.09%; ash content 4.50±0.62%; crude protein, 10.06±0.04%; crude lipid, 9.48±0.02%; crude fibre, 8.01±0.09%, Nitrogen Free Extract (NFE), 67.95±2.02%. The corresponding values for pods are: 12.00±1.85, 10.00±0.18, 5.38±0.03, 0.74±0.04, 3.25±0.05 and 80.63±1.15%, respectively. The samples generally have high calorific value 397.36±1.84 and 350.72±0.45% respectively. The crude protein, crude lipid, crude fibre contents and calorific value were significantly higher (p
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