Influence Of Sex On Growth And Carcass Traits Of Rabbits Fed Unpeeled Cassava Tuber Meal, Peeled Cassava Tuber Meal And Cassava Peel Meal As Energy Sources

  • JS Ekpo
  • IF Etuk
  • IP Solomon
Keywords: Rabbit, cassava, performance, carcass,

Abstract

The effects of sex on growth, haematology and carcass characteristics of rabbits fed unpeeled cassava tuber meal, peeled cassava tuber meal and cassava peel meal were investigated in a randomized complete block design using thirty two weaned rabbits aged 6 and 7 weeks. Four diets were formulated. Diet 1 (the control) contained 37% maize as the main energy source. Maize in diet 1 was replaced with unpeeled cassava tuber meal (UCTM), peeled cassava tuber meal (PCTM) and cassava peel meal (CPM) in diets 2, 3 and 4 respectively. Each diet was fed to a group of eight (4 males and 4 females) weaned rabbits (NZW X Chinchilla). The results showed that there was no significant difference (P>0.05) between sexes for all parameters examined. Dietary treatment effect was observed in growth performance as rabbits fed UCTM recorded significantly higher (P<0.05) feed intake and weight gain compared to other diets. Economics of production data indicated lowest cost per weight gain (N249.76/kg) by the rabbits fed UCTM (T2) while the highest cost per weight gain (N292.39/kg) was recorded in T1 (control).One United States dollar was exchanging for N140 at the time this experiment was conducted. Carcass analysis indicated no significant differences (P>0.05) amongst treatments.
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