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Samaru Journal Of Agricultural Education

Year: 2017|   Volume No: 7|   ISSN: 0794 – 7860|   Page No: 73


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Title:  GROWTH RESPONSE OF BROILER FINISHER CHICKENS FED DIETS CONTAINING GROUNDNUT CAKE REPLACED WITH GRADED LEVELS OF UREA PLUS METHIONINE TREATED AND FERMENTED SORGHUM BEER RESIDUE

S.S. NDAMS AND M.S. BATURE

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND ANIMAL SCIENCE, DIVISION OF AGRICULTURAL COLLEGES, A.B.U. MANDO ROAD, KADUNA, NIGERIA 

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ABSTRACT: Urea plus Methionine treated and fermented sorghum beer residue (UMT-FSBR) contained 87.87% Dry matter (DM), 38.19% Crude protein (CP), 11.93% Crude fibre (CF), 1.19% Ether extract (EE), 4.53% Ash and 42.29% Nitrogen free extract(NFE) with availability of essential amino acids except tryptophan. A total of 300 broiler chickens brought forward from the starter phase were divided into five dietary groups replicated 3 times with 20 birds in each. They were fed iso-nitrogenous and iso-caloric diets containing groundnut cake (GNC) replaced at graded levels of 0, 25, 50, 75 and 100 % with UMT-FSBR. The birds were fed broiler finisher diets containing 20.5% CP from the 4th to 8th week of age and performance characteristics measured. The daily weight gain (g/bird) of 70.01, 67.21 and 70.84 for birds fed control, 25 and 50% UMT-FSBR respectively were similar but significantly (P<0.05) better than 58.86 and 43.10 of those fed 75 and 100% UMT-FSBR. Daily weight gain, feed: gain ratio and feed cost/kg gain (N) did not differ among birds on UMT-FSBR inclusion up to 50% but differed significantly (P<0.05) among birds on 75 and 100% UMT-FSBR inclusions. Low mortality was observed and differed among birds across treatments except that of birds on 50 and 100% which were similar. It was concluded that urea plus Methionine treated and fermented sorghum beer residue can replace GNC at levels up to 50% in broiler finisher diets without detrimental effects on growth performance.

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