Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Broiler Finisher Birds Fed Varying Dietary Levels of Pineapple Wine Sediment Meal
Sixty (60) 4 weeks old Anak broiler strain were subjected to 28 days feeding trial at the Poultry Unit of the Teaching and Research Farm, Evan Enwerem, Owerri, Nigeria, to determine the dietary effect of pineapple wine sediment (PWSM) on their performance and carcass characteristics. The birds were divided into four groups of 15 birds each and were assigned to four dietary treatments coded 1, 2, 3 and 4 corresponding to 0%, 10%, 20% and 30% levels of pineapple wine sediment meal inclusions respectively. Each treatment was further replicated three times (five birds per replicate) in a completely randomized design. Overall results revealed that PWSM significantly (p>0.05) affected average daily feed intake, apparent dry matter digestibility and cost benefit analysis, however, no significant difference (p>0.05) was recorded in daily weight, feed conversion ratio, body length, thigh circumference, shank length, wing level etc. PWSM is an aromatic ingredient and palatability enhancer and could be used to reduce feed cost as fed cost per broiler live weight gain decreased with increase in dietary PWSM.