Effect of Feeding Some Evergreen Tropical Browse Plant Leaf on Blood Parameters of Growing Rabbits
International Journal of Applied Agricultural Sciences
Volume 3, Issue 4, July 2017, Pages: 92-98
Received: Mar. 30, 2017;
Accepted: Jul. 13, 2017;
Published: Jul. 25, 2017
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Okwori Abel Ibrahim, Department of Animal Production, College of Animal Science, University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nigeria
Abejeshi Ikienilase Margaret, Department of Animal Production, College of Animal Science, University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nigeria
Shaahu David Terhemba, Department of Animal Production, College of Animal Science, University of Agriculture Makurdi, Nigeria
A feeding trial was conducted with thirty (30) weaner rabbits to investigate the nutritive potentials of some evergreen tropical browse plants leaves (Ficcus thoningii, Vitex doniana, Daniela oliveri, Sarcocephalus latifolia). Thirty mixed breed rabbits were used and randomly assigned to five (5) treatments (T1 - T5). The rabbits on Treatment 1 diet were fed concentrate only (control), while those in T2 - T5 were fed as follows; Ficcus thoningii + concentrate of 3% weekly body weight, Vitex doniana + concentrate of 3% weekly body weight, Daniela oliveri + concentrate of 3% weekly body weight, and Sarcocephalus latifolia + concentrate of 3% weekly body weight, respectively. Results of preliminary (analytical) experiments showed that the browse plants contained DE which ranged from 2722.77 to 3180.25kcal, CP from 8.70 to 17.47%, Crude Fibre from 7.32 to 22.08%. The rabbits were fed and given drinking water ad-libitum for the twelve-week experimental duration during which their haematology and serum biochemical indices were evaluated. Of the haematological parameters, significant (P<0.05) differences were observed on Mean corpuscular volume which varied from 65.03 to 81.40x1015/fl, while there were no differences (P>0.05) on other haematological parameters. However, the values were not far from the normal reference values. The diet also had significant (P<0.05) effects on serum biochemical indices such as Total protein which values ranged from 4.17b to 6.37mg/dl and glucose from 77.6-100.10mg/dl. However, these values were similar with the normal reference values.
Okwori Abel Ibrahim,
Abejeshi Ikienilase Margaret,
Shaahu David Terhemba,
Effect of Feeding Some Evergreen Tropical Browse Plant Leaf on Blood Parameters of Growing Rabbits, International Journal of Applied Agricultural Sciences.
Vol. 3, No. 4,
2017, pp. 92-98.
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