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  • R.N. Nwambe · S.I. Omeje · J.O. Isikwenu ·
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    ABSTRACT: Two hundred and twenty five (225) 28 day-old Anak broilers were randomly assigned to five treatment diets of 45 birds per treatment and replicated three times with 15 birds per replicate. Soyabean meal (full fat) was replaced with Potash Boiled Bambara Groundnut Meal (PBBGM) at 0, 25, 50, 70 and 100% levels. The diets were formulated to be isonitrogenous and isocaloric to provide 20% crude protein and 3000 kcal/kg metabolizable energy. At the end of the 4th week, one bird per replicate (3 birds per treatment) were randomly picked, fasted over night and slaughtered for carcass evaluation. The thighs of one bird per replicate were deboned and the tendons removed for organoleptic quality assessment. The results of the carcass characteristics indicated no significant differences (p>0.05) among the treatments for the weights of the various parts measured. On the cut-up parts, the percentage weights of the breast, back, drum-stick and thigh, showed significant differences (p<0.05) in all the treatment groups. There were significant differences (p<0.05) in the percentage weights of the spleen and gizzard; lengths of the proventriculus and the large intestine. The juiciness, flavour and overall acceptability of the broiler meat were not significantly (p>0.05) influenced by the treatments, thought the tenderness significantly (p<0.05) varied among the treatments.
    International Journal of Poultry Science 11/2011; 10(11):899-903. DOI:10.3923/ijps.2011.899.903
  • OJ Akpodiete · GO Okagbare · JO Isikwenu ·

    01/2010; 4(1). DOI:10.4314/tjas.v4i1.49840
  • JO Isikwenu · SI Omeje · G Okagbara · OJ Akpodiete ·

    12/2009; 5(1). DOI:10.4314/ari.v5i1.48712
  • J.O. Isikwenu · O.J. Akpodiete · S.I. Omeje · G.O. Okagbare ·
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    ABSTRACT: The effects of replacing GNC with urea-treated and fermented BDG in broiler finisher diets was investigated. Urea -treated and fermented BDG was used to replace GNC at 0,25,50,75 and 100% levels in broiler finisher diets. Diets were formulated to be isonitrogenous and isocaloric to provide 20% crude protein and 3000Kcal/kg metabolizable energy. One hundred and ninety-five 35days old broiler chicks of Anak breed were randomly allocated to five equal dietary treatments of 13 chicks per replicate and 39 chicks per treatment and fed ad libitum in rearing cages. At the end of the 8th week, 9 broiler birds per treatment (3 birds per replicate) were randomly selected from the five treatment groups for metabolic study. At 8weeks of age two birds per treatment fasted over night were weighed and slaughtered for carcass measurements. Economic analysis of broiler production was carried out. At 56 days, the mean body weight, weight gain, feed intake and feed:gain ratio were not significantly (P>0.05) different for all treatment groups. Nutrient digestibility and retention were significantly (P<0.05) influenced by urea-treated and fermented BDG incorporation in the diets. Carcass quality parameters and organ weights were not significantly (P>0.05) different in all treatment groups. Mortality level (5-7%) was normal and evenly spread across all treatment groups. Cost reduction and savings were better with urea-treated and fermented BDG diets.
    Electronic Journal of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Chemistry 01/2008; 7(1):2634-2645.