THE EFFECT OF IRISH POTATO (SOLANUM TUBEROSUM L.) PEELS MEAL BASED DIET ON THE HAEMETOLOGY AND BLOOD BIOCHEMICAL PROFILE OF WEANER RABBITS

Authors

  • Kpanja, E. J. Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • John, D. B. Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • Omage, J. J. Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • Gonjoh, P. T.

Keywords:

Haematology, Irish potato peel meal, Rabbits, Performance and Blood Bio-chemistry

Abstract

The effect of Irish potato peel meal (IPPM) on the haematology and blood bio-chemical profile of weaner rabbits was investigated. Twenty (20) rabbits of mixed sexes with an initial weight of 766.67-783.33g were randomly allotted to four (4) dietary treatments of five (5) rabbits per treatment in a completely randomized design (CRD). The diets contain O, 10, 20 and 30% IPPM. Representing T1.T2, T3 and T4, respectively. T1 was the control which is devoid of IPPM. Feed and water were provided ad libitum for a period of 56 days. At the end of the study period, blood samples were collected from each rabbits and assayed for haematology, triglycerides, total protein, total cholesterol, LDL and HDL cholesterol. Results show significant (p<0.05) differences in blood bio-chemical profile across the treatments. Total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol were significantly higher in rabbits in T2 compared to other treatments. Triglyceride level was significantly (p < 0.05) higher in rabbits on T3 but was similar to T1. Total serum protein was significantly (p < 0.05) higher in T2 but similar to T3 and T4, only T1 differs. HDL cholesterol was similar across treatment as well as PCV, WBC, Neutrophils, lymphocytes and moncytes across the treatments. Based on the results,T3 compared favourably with the control, IPPM can be added up to 30% inclusion level in rabbit diets without adverse effect on their health.

Published

2017-06-30