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Performance and Energy Requirements of Gestating Grasscutters Fed Agro-Industrial By-Products

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Author(s): G. S. I. Wogar | L. N. Agwunobi

Journal: Journal of Agricultural Science
ISSN 1916-9752

Volume: 4;
Issue: 3;
Date: 2012;
Original page

ABSTRACT
The grasscutter (Thryonomys swinderianus) is a large herbivorous rodent of the grasslands of Sub-Sahara Africa. It is an important source of much-needed animal protein; and holds promise as an acceptable ‘bushmeat’ substitute for the hunted and endangered wildlife animal species of West Africa. The intensive production of the grasscutter would require the supply of inexpensive and adequate dietary nutrients. Energy requirement was determined using sixteen 8-months old gestating grasscutters. The grasscutters were separated into four groups and fed diets, which differed in their energy contents of 2000, 2200, 2400, and 2600 kilocalories metabolizable energy per kilogram (Kcal ME/kg). The test diets had the same crude protein (CP) level of 18%. The results showed that total feed intake was significantly (P
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