International Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development

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Performance And Economic Analysis Of Broiler Starter Fed Dried Rumen Digesta

B O Esonu, A A Nnaemeka, J C Azukuike, J C Uchegbu, M C Uchegbu, C T Ezeokeke


A 28-day feeding trial involving 300, day-old Hubbard broilers was carried out in a completely randomized design to evaluate the performance and economic analysis of broiler starters fed dried rumen digesta meal at dietary levels of 0, 2.5, 5.0, 7.5 and 10% respectively. Feed intake, body weight gain and feed conversion ration of the groups were similar. Birds on dried rumen digesta showed slight increase in body weight gain and feed intake which was however not statistically significant (P>0.05). Dietary inclusion of dried rumen digesta reduced cost of producing one kilogramme of feed and this reflected in the feed cost savings (%), but the N/kg meat production values were inconsistent with the dietary levels of dried rumen digesta. Further research is necessary to investigate the biosafety of dried rumen digesta.

Keywords: Dried rumen digesta, performance, broiler starter.

International Journal of Agriculture and Development Vol. 9 2007: pp. 77-79
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