NUTRIENT INTAKE OF WEST AFRICAN DWARF GOATS FED DIETARY MODELS OF ENSILED CASSAVA PEEL MEAL FORTIFIED WITH CALCIUM-PHOSPHORUS SALT
Adekunle David AJAGBE
Keywords:Key word: Nutrient, Ensiled, WAD, Models, Cassava Peel, Calcium- Phosphorus, Salts
The major goal of ruminant nutritionist is to supply required and adequate feed resources to farm animals for better performance. This study was conducted to determine nutrient intake of growing West African Dwarf goats fed different dietary models of ensiled cassava peel meal fortified with calcium-phosphorus salts. Twenty (20) growing goats were used for the study. They were randomly allotted to four dietary treatments with five goats per treatment in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD). The dietary treatments were as follows: Diet 1 (block), Diet 2 (crunch), Diet 3 (pellet) and Diet 4 (mash). Data obtained were subjected to analysis of variance (ANOVA). Result obtained showed that dry matter intake ranged from 466.18g/d to 575.53g/d with significant (P<0.05) higher value in pellet model while crude protein intake was significantly higher in mash feed model than other treatments. Values of ether extract and crude fibre intake were significantly higher (40.13g/d) and (148.08g/d) in pellet feed model. Ash intake ranged from 61.32g/d to 95.68g/d. Block and crunch models had significantly (P<0.05) higher value for ash intake while obtained for nitrogen free extract intake was also higher (P<0.05) in pellet model (224.62g) than other models.Values of fibre fractions intake obtained were significantly influenced by dietary models with higher values in neutral detergent fibre, acid detergent fibre and hemicelluloses while acid detergent lignin was significantly higher in pellet. It can be concluded that supplementing goats diets with different dietary models of ensiled cassava peel meal fortified with Calcium-Phosphorus salt can boost intake of goats for productive performance and better productivity.
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