PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS AND HAEMATOLOGICAL INDICES OF GROWING RABBITS FED MORINDA LUCIDA LEAVES

Authors

  • Fakorede, T. Dept of Animal Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State
  • Odeyinka, S. M.
  • Abegunde, T. O.
  • Ayandiran, S. K.

Keywords:

Haematology, Morinda lucida, Performance, Processing, rabbits.

Abstract

An 84-day feeding trial was carried out to investigate the performance characteristics and haematological indices of growing rabbits fed Morinda lucida (ML) leaves. Fifty weaner crossbred (New Zealand white x Chinchilla) rabbits (10 per treatment) of mixed sexes with an average initial body weight of 548.41g were randomly assigned to five (5) treatment diets in a completely randomized design (CRD) where T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5 were made up of the components as described: T1= 0% ML + 100% concentrate, T2 = 5% ML + 95% concentrate, T3 = 10% ML + 90% concentrate, T4 = 15% ML and 85% concentrate and T5 = 20% ML + 80% concentrate. Average daily weight gain and average feed intake were monitored. Dry matter (DM) content of diets in treatment 2 (87.40%) was significantly (P<0.05) lower than other treatments. Crude protein, ether extract, ash and Nitrogen Free Extract (NFE) values were similar in all treatment samples. Crude fibre values for treatment 3 was significantly (P<0.05) highest (12.62%). There were no significant differences (p<0.05) in the crude protein, ether extract, ash and NFE content of diets. Average body weight gain of rabbits fed the different diets were similar. Rabbits fed diets containing Morinda lucida leaves had significantly higher (P<0.05) daily feed intake. Analysis of blood components showed that Packed Cell Volume (PCV), Red Blood Cells (RBC), White Blood Cells (WBC), Monocytes and Eosinophils (EOS) were not affected by diets. It was concluded that Morinda lucida leaves can be included in the diet of growing rabbits up to 10% without any deleterious effect on the performance and haematological indices.

Published

2022-12-30