Pelletized cassava (Manihot esculenta) leaf meal based diets on the performance of New Zealand white rabbits

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Pelletized cassava (Manihot esculenta) leaf meal based diets on the performance of New Zealand white rabbits

Juan S. Daquioag II
Int. J. Biosci.22( 2), 224-230, February 2023.
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Abstract

The study was conducted to determine the growth performance of rabbits fed formulated ration with different levels of Cassava Leaf Meal (CLM) in terms of final weight, total weight gain, growth rate, total feed consumption, feed conversion ratio, and average daily gain. It is also conducted to determine the carcass recovery and its profitability. There were four (4) treatments considered in the study: Treatment 1-0% CLM/Control, Treatment 2-10% CLM, Treatment 3-20% CLM, and Treatment 4-30% CLM. The study was laid out in Completely Randomized Design with six (6) replications. The 5-6 week old rabbits were fed for eight (8) weeks under restricted feeding wherein feeds were given at 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Results showed significance on the growth performance parameters. Treatment 2 (10%CLM) had the highest weight gain, and growth rate, feed conversion ratio and the highest average daily gain at P ≤ 0.01. In terms of economic advantage, Treatment 2 (10% CLM) gave the best return above feed cost with P195.87 income per rabbit and the cheapest cost of feed per kilogram weight gain at P61.63. It can be concluded that Treatment 2 (10% CLM) obtained the best result in the following parameters; weight gain, growth rate, feed conversion and average daily gain, return above feed cost and cost of feed per kilogram weight gain.

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