Utilisation of Diets Containing malted Sorghum Sprout (msp) by Growing Rabbits
A ten weeks study was conducted to evaluate the effect of feeding malted sorghum sprout (MSP) on the growth performance, nutrient utilization and blood chemistry of growing rabbits. Diets were formulated to include 0, 100, 200 and 300g/kg MSP levels. A total of thirty-two 7-8weeks mixed breed growing rabbits with weight ranging from 670-820g were used. The rabbits were assigned to four experimental groups on weight equalization basis. Each treatment group consisted of four replicates of two rabbits per replicate. The growth performance, utilization of various nutrient components and blood chemistry were measured. The final weight, daily weight gain, daily feed intake and daily protein intake decreased significantly (P<0.05) with increasing levels of MSP in the diets. Less (P<0.05) of the control diet (0% MSP diet) was consumed to produce a kg of rabbit meat. The dry matter, crude fibre and crude protein digestibility coefficients decreased significantly (P<0.05) with increased levels of MSP inclusion. The digestibility of dry matter, crude protein and energy were similar (P>0.05) up to 200g/kg MSP inclusion. The packed cell volume, haemoglobin and red blood cell decreased linearly (P<0.05) with increased MSP inclusion levels. However, white blood cell increased as MSP levels increased. The serum total protein, serum albumin and serum globulin decreased with increased levels of MSP. This study showed that MSP was poorly utilized by growing rabbits. Effecting treatments that can reduce antinutritional factors (ANFs) in MSP could improve its utilization by growing rabbits.
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