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Effects of Allzyme SSF® supplementation of differently processed pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) seeds on performance and carcass characteristics of broiler chickens.

AR Akintunde, JJ Omage, GS Bawa

Abstract


This study was conducted to investigate the effects of Allzyme SSF® supplementation of differently processed pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) seeds on growth performance and carcass characteristics of broiler chickens. Two hundred and seventy (270) day old broiler chicks of Abor-Acre strain were fed six dietary treatments in which the control diet (TI) had no pigeon pea seed meal while other diets supplemented with Allzyme SSF® contained 30% of pigeon pea seed meal processed by different methods. The enzyme was applied at 200g/tone of feed as recommended by the manufacturer. The birds were randomly assigned to six dietary treatments and were further replicated three times with 15 birds per replicate in a complete randomized design. They were fed six experimental diets containing 23% crude protein (CP) during the starter and 20% CP during the finisher phase. The results obtained showed that birds fed the control diet had significantly (P<0.05) better performance than those fed dietary treatments containing Allzyme SSF® supplemented differently processed pigeon pea seed meal in the starter phase. However, daily feed intake was not significantly (P>0.05) higher for birds fed fermented pigeon pea seeds than other dietary treatments. In the finisher phase, no significant differences (P>0.05) were observed among the birds fed the control diet and those fed Allzyme SSF® supplemented PPSM based dietary treatments for all the performance parameters measured except feed intake. o significant differences (P>0.05) were also observed in the carcass characteristics of birds across all the dietary treatments. It was observed that 30% dietary level of inclusion of pigeon pea seeds processed by soaking + fermentation methods were better than all the other pigeon pea seeds based dietary treatments. Thus, it can be concluded that at 30% dietary level of inclusion PPSM processed by soaking and fermentation with Allzyme SSF® supplementation will enhance better feed utilization and performance with no adverse effects on carcass characteristics of broilers

Keywords: Pigeon pea seed meal, Allzyme SSF®, supplementation, performance, broiler chicks, carcass characteristics.




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