Effects of poultry offal meal and soyabean meal mixtures on the performance and carcass quality of cockerel chicks
An experiment was conducted to test four different mixing ratios of soyabean meal (SBM) and Poultry offal meal (POM) on the performance and carcass evaluation of cockerel chicks. The mixing ratios were Soya bean meal: Poultry offal meal 100:0, 75:25, 50:50, and 25:75.
Feed intake and weight gain were affected (P>0.05) by the diets. Feed intake significantly increased as the proportion of poultry offal meal increased (25%). Further increase in the proportion of poultry offal meal above 25% did not result in corresponding feed intake for bird. Birds fed at Soya bean meal: Poultry offal meal 75:25 recorded the highest values 70.20g/bird/day and 29.31g/bird/day respectively for feed intake and weight gain.
Feed:gain was inversely related to substitution levels of SBM to POM. Nutrients retained was significantly influenced (P>0.05) by the treatment. Protein retention was not affected as the proportion of poultry offal meal increase up to 50%. However, further increase in the proportion of poultry offal meal significantly (P>0.05) decrease protein retention. Fat retention was directly related to increasing levels of poultry offal meal.
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Article made possible through the contribution of Dr S.A. Bolu.