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Partial replacement level of soybean meal with raw Mucuna sloanei in the diet of broiler finisher chicken

C.C. Ekwe, S.N. Ukachukwu

Abstract


An experiment was conducted to determine the effect of the partial replacement level of soybean with raw mucuna sloanei in broiler finisher diet. The biological performance, nutrient utilization of levels of raw Mucuna sloanei meal, as well as the bio-economics of production of broiler finisher birds fed levels of raw Mucuna sloanei meals. Effect of partial replacement level of soybean meal with raw Mucuna sloanei meal on broiler finishers was evaluated by replacing soybean meal with raw Mucuna sloanei meal at 0, 10, 20, 30 and 40% using 135 Anak broiler birds. Also, growth performance, nutrient utilization and bio-economics of production of the broiler finisher birds were evaluated using a completely randomized design (CRD) experiment. The birds were fed ad-libitum. The optimum replacement level of RMS by broiler finisher birds was 40% level of replacement of soyabean meal (or 8.12% RMS inclusion level) based on growth performance and economics of production. RMS significantly (P<0.05) depressed nutrient utilization at all levels of replacement except for ether extract and NFE. Cut-parts values were also depressed (P<0.05) beyond 10% level of replacement.

Keywords: Soybean meal, Mucuna and Broilers




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