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Original research (Published On: 15-Nov-2023)

Replacement value of Puerairia phaseoloides leaf meal for soyabean meal on performance and carcass evaluation of starter broilers

Ikpe JN, Ahaotu EO, Onumajuru CG, Simeon-Ahaotu VC and Oko EC

J. Vet. Res. Adv., 05 (02):53-60

Ikpe JN: Department of Animal Production Technology, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana Afikpo, Nigeria

Ahaotu EO: Department of Animal Science, University of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Umuagwo, Nigeria

Onumajuru CG: Department of Animal Production and Health Technology, Imo State Polytechnic Omuma Campus, Nigeria

Simeon-Ahaotu VC: Department of Microbiology, Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State, Nigeria

Oko EC: Department of Animal Production Technology, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana Afikpo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria

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Article History: Received on: 30-Jul-23, Accepted on: 05-Nov-23, Published on: 15-Nov-23

Corresponding Author: Ikpe JN

Email: juliananikpe@gmail.com

Citation: Ikpe JN, Ahaotu EO, Onumajuru CG, Simeon-ahaotu VC, Oko EC and Ikwuagwu VO (2023). Replacement value of Puerairia phaseoloides leaf meal for soyabean meal on performance and carcass evaluation of starter broilers. J. Vet. Res. Adv., 05 (02):53-60


Abstract

Aim: Main purpose of the study was to evaluate replacement value of Puerairia phaseoloides leaf meal for soya bean meal on the performance and carcass evaluation on starter broiler chicks.

Method and materials:  One hundred day old chicks of mixed sexes (straight – run) were reared from day old to four weeks of age following standard procedures and strict bio-security measures, using commercial feed before placing them on experimental diets. Birds were distributed into five dietary treatment groups of twenty birds and replicated four times with five birds per replicate in a completely randomized design.

Results: Significant difference (p<0.05) was observed in feed intake, weight gain, feed conversion ratio and carcass evaluation of the birds at the end of 21 days of experimental feeding.

Conclusion: It was concluded that 2.5% inclusion level of Puerairia phaseoloides could be used in starter broiler diets without any deterious effect on performance.


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