Levels of Buga tuber meal (Dioscorea esculenta) as replacement of corn in broiler ration

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Levels of Buga tuber meal (Dioscorea esculenta) as replacement of corn in broiler ration

Medelyn A. Aglipay, Cynthia M. Rodriguez, Donna S. Cariaso
Int. J. Biosci.24( 3), 179-186, March 2024.
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Abstract

The high cost of energy sources for animal ration like corn is contributing much to the cost of animal feeds. Thus, there is a need to explore the potential of tuber crops like buga to replace expensive corn for poultry feeds. Hence, this study was conducted to determine the growth performance and profitability of broilers fed with varying amounts of buga tuber meal as a partial substitute for corn. Two hundred-day-old broiler chicks were distributed into five treatments following the Randomized Complete Block Design in four blocks. The treatments were Pure Commercial Feeds, 100% Pure Corn, 75% Corn + 25% Buga tuber Meal, 50% Corn + 50% Buga tuber Meal, and 25% Corn + 75% Buga tuber meal. The study was conducted at the Poultry Project-DMMMSU NLUC, Bacnotan, La Union, Philippines from September 10, 2022, to October 15, 2022. Results showed that levels of buga tuber meal from 25% to 75% substitution rate fed to broiler was comparable to commercial feeds in terms of feed consumption, feed conversion ratio, and dressing percentage. However, in terms of profit per head, commercial feeds, and 25% buga tuber meal gained more profit than the 50% and 75% levels of buga tuber meals and 100% formulated corn ration. It is recommended that incorporating 25% buga tuber meal into commercial feeds provides comparable profits per head of broiler chicken.

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