THE COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF INCORPORATING BITTER LEAF (Vernonia amygdalina) MEAL IN BROILER FINISHERS’ DIET
Owen, O. J.; Amakiri, A. O. and Ezeano, C. I.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
The cost benefit analysis of incorporating bitter leaf (Vernonia amygdalina) meal (VALM) in broiler finishers' diet was evaluated in a four week feeding trial. A total of 144 Marshal brooded broilers weighing 500 - 610g were allocated to four dietary treatments with 12 birds each being a replicate and 3 replicates comprising a treatment in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD). Weekly weight gain and daily feed intake were recorded while the cost of feed was also determined. Results of feed conversion ratio (feed : gain), cost/kg feed, cost of total feed consumed, cost/kg weight gain, net benefit and cost benefit ratio were significantly different. Animals fed with VALM diets performed better than the control. Also the costs of feeding were better in the treated groups than the control. The result indicated that there was no mortality in all the groups suggesting the safety of incorporating VALM in animal diets.