Effect of replacing soya bean meal with indigofera zollingeriana leaf meal on the performance and carcass characteristics of growing rabbits
Alagbe JO, Omokore EA
The current experiment was carried out to evaluate the effect of replacing soya bean meal with Indigofera zollingerian leaf meal (IZML) on the performance and carcass characteristics of growing rabbits. Fifty (50) 7-8 weeks bucks cross breed rabbits (Chinchilla × New Zealand White) with an average weight of 553.7g and 560.5g were allotted to five treatments with ten rabbits per treatment in a completely randomized design. IZML was used to replace soya meal at 0%, 10%, 20%, 30% and 40% for T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5 respectively. Feed and water was provided ad libitum throughout the experiment which lasted for 10 weeks. Results obtained revealed that final live weight, average weight gain, total feed intake, feed conversion ratio and daily water intake showed no significant (p>0.05) difference among the treatments. Dressing percentage, weights of liver, kidney, heart, lungs, spleen and testis were not significantly (p>0.05) affected. From the results obtained it was concluded that IZML can replace soya meal up to 40% for optimum performance in the diet of growing rabbits.