Effect of Replacement Levels of Soybean Meal with Local Groundnut Cake Meal on Carcass and Organ Characteristics in Broilers Diet
A 56-day experiment was conducted to evaluate the response of broiler birds on fed diets with different levels of local groundnut cake meal (LGNCM) compounded to replace soyabean mean (SBM) at 0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% designated T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5 respectively. Carcass and organ characteristics were evaluated. One hundred and twenty day-old Arbor acre broiler chicks were randomly assigned to five treatment diets with three replicates of eight birds each in a completely randomized design (CRD), where feed and water were provided adlibitum. The results showed that the diets had significant (P<0.05) effect on most carcass and organ values while drunckstick, heart, lungs and abdominal weight values were not affected. The birds placed on 25% LGNCM based diets consistently had higher relative carcass and organ weights than those fed control diet. The study therefore showed that the use of LGNCM in broiler diet should be encouraged as it gave promising results in terms of carcass and organ indices.
Keywords: Broilers, local groundnut cake, soybean, carcass and organ traits.