Utilization Of Cashew Nut - Meal As Protein Supplement For Growing Rabbits

Jumoke Monisola Ademilua
Animal Production & Health, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
January, 2003
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The experiment was carried out at the rabbitary unit COLANIM FARM UNAAB. Twenty 8- weeks-old rabbits were randomly distributed into five treatments with initial body weight ranging between 0.930kg to 0.975kg. In the experimental diet, full - fat soyabean - meal was replaced with full-fat CNMeal at 0, 25, 50, 75 and 100% levels respectively on protein basis. The feed and water were given to the rabbits ad- libitum based on the diet treatment corresponding to each. feed intake, body weight gained, food conversion ratio were determined weekly. The result of the performance characteristic revealed that inclusion of cashew nut up to 75% were comparable to the control diet which resulted in higher body weight body weight and feed conversion ratio. The influence of experimental diets on the economy of rabbit production was also determined and this showed that inclusion of CNM up to 75% was more economical.