REPLACEMENT VALUE OF SPROUTED SORREL (Hibiscus sabdariffa) SEED MEAL FOR GROUNDNUT CAKE IN THE DIET OF GROWING RABBITS
Igwebuike, J. U.; Kwari, I. D.; Diarra, S. S.; Maggawa, D. D.; Garba, A. P. and Musa, R.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
In a six-week feeding trial, the effect of replacing groundnut cake (GNC) with sprouted sorrel seed meal (SSM) on the performance of growing rabbits was investigated. Twenty cross-bred rabbits (Dutch × New Zealand white) aged 6 weeks were randomly assigned to four dietary treatments. The SSM replaced GNC at 0 %(control), 10%, 20%, and 30% levels in diets 1, 2, 3, and 4 respectively. The diets and clean drinking water were offered ad-libitum throughout the period of the experiment. Data were collected on the growth and haematological parameters. It was discovered among others that there was no significant dietary effect on feed intake and feed conversion ratio. However, a significantly higher daily gain was recorded on the 20% compared to the control and the 30% replacement diets, daily gain had the poorest value on the 30% replacement diet. The cost of the feed was linearly reduced as the level of SSM increased. Based on the findings of this study, it was concluded that replacing 20% of the GNC in the diet of growing rabbits with SSM will reduce the cost of rabbit meat production without adverse effects on the growth and haematological indices of the rabbits.