DIGESTIBILITY AND GROWTH IN WEST AFRICAN DWARF SHEEP FED GLIRICIDIA-BASED MULTINUTRIENT BLOCK SUPPLEMENTS
Aye, P. A. and Adegun, M. K.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
Sixty West African Dwarf (WAD) rams aged between 7 - 10 months and mean body weight of 12.6kg were used to study the influence of Gliricidia - based multinutrient blocks (MNBs) as supplement to Panicum maximum and cassava peel feed for 12 weeks using experimental research design. Gliricidia + Poultry manure (GPMNB), Gliricidia + Urea + Poultry manure (GUPMNB) and Gliricidia + Urea (GUMNB) and Panicum - cassava peel (control) were analyzed for proximate composition, mineral content, gross energy and antinutritional factors. The coefficient digestibility of DM, CP, CF, EE, NFE of the rams in the control ratio were consistently lower than those fed the MNBs supplemented ratio. The body length gains of rams fed with MNBs were significantly higher than those rams fed with the control diet. It was concluded that Gliricidia - based multinutrient block supplements could be fed with Panicum - cassava peels to improve feed intake, nutrient digestibility and nitrogen utilization leading to a better performance of sheep.