Journal Of Tropical Biosciences
Volume No: 11|
Page No: 27
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Title: GROWTH PERFORMANCE, HAEMATOLOGICAL AND SERUM BIOCHEMICAL PROFILES OF RED SOKOTO GOATS FED DIETS CONTAINING GRADED LEVELS OF SWEET ORANGE (CITRUS SINENSIS) PEELS
1YASHIM, S.M.*; 1REUBEN, R.S.; 2GADZAMA, I.U; 1ABDU, S.B. AND 1YAKUBU R. L.
1DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL SCIENCE, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, ZARIA, NIGERIA.
2NATIONAL ANIMAL PRODUCTION RESEARCH INSTITUTE, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY, SHIKA-ZARIA, NIGERIA.
Twelve Red Sokoto Bucks (RSB) of about 5-7 months of age, having an average weight of 9.17kg were used in a completely randomized design to evaluate the growth performance, haematological and serum biochemistry profiles of RSB fed diets containing graded levels of sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) peel meal (SOPM). Four dietary treatments were formulated and compounded to contain 0, 2.5, 5.0, and 7.5% of SOPM, and these were designated T1, T2, T3 and T4 respectively, and the study lasted for 90 days. Results showed that average daily weight gain (0.02-0.05kg/day), average daily feed intake (0.31-0.41kg/day) and final weight (10.83-13.33kg) were significantly (p<0.05) different among the treatments. Haematological and serum biochemical parameters such as Packed Cell Volume (PCV), Haemoglobin (Hb), Total Protein (TP), Lymphocytes, Neutrophil, Urea and Creatinine showed significant (p<0.05) difference among the treatment means. The study showed that inclusion of sweet orange peels meal up to 7.5% level in the diets of red sokoto goats decreased feed intak
The study showed that the control (0%) performed best in terms of growth performance. Inclusion of sweet orange peel meal in supplement diet of growing Red Sokoto goats even at 2.5% level had adverse effect on performance. However inclusion of sweet orange peel meal in supplement diets of growing Red Sokoto goats up to 7.5% level of inclusion had no adverse effect on haematological and serum biochemical profiles.