REPLACEMENT VALUES OF TREATED Senna obtusifolia LEAF MEAL FOR Moringa oleifera LEAF MEAL IN THE DIETS OF GROWING YANKASA SHEEP

Authors

  • Umar, A. M. Department of Animal Production, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, P.M.B 0248, Bauchi State, Nigeria.
  • Abubakar, M.
  • Muhammad, B. F.
  • Sir, S. M.

Keywords:

Yankasa, Moringa, Senna obtusifolia, Ensile, Blood, Sheep

Abstract

A 90-day experiment was conducted to evaluate the response of twenty growing Yankasa sheep. Five diets, fed to 5 groups of 4 animals, in a completely randomized design, was formulated with Moringa oleifera leaf meal (MOLM) partially or completely replacing sundried (SSO) or ensiled Senna obtusifolia (ESO) leaf meal. The two ingredients collectively constituted 50% of the diets: 1 (50% MOLM), 2 (25% SSO25%MOLM), 3 (50% SSO), 4 (25% ESO/ 25%MOLM) and 5 (50% ESO). Results shows voluntary dry matter intake (DMI), crude protein intake (CPI) and crude fibre intake (CFI) of sheep was not significantly different among the treatments. However, daily weight gain was significantly (P<0.05) higher for animals fed diet 1 (99.35 g/day) than other diets. The haemoglobin (Hb), packed cell volume (PCV), white blood cells (WBC), mean corpuscular volume (MCV) and red blood cells (RBC) differed significantly (P<0.01) across the treatments. Also, Potassium (K+) and Chlorine (Cl-) were different (P<0.01) among treatments. Crude protein (CPD) and crude fibre (CFD) digestibility was significantly (P<0.01) higher for animals fed solely MOLM in diets (65.12 vs 51.51%) and lower for those on SSO/MOLM and SSO diets. It is concluded that sundried or ensiled Senna obtusifolia leaf meal could partially or completely replace Moringa oleifera leaf meal in diets with good performance in terms of nutrient intake, digestibility and weight gains.

Author Biography

Abubakar, M.



Published

2017-06-30