Volume 4, Issue 3-1, June 2016, Page: 1-6
Carcass Characteristics, Internal Organs and Economics of Feeding Sun-Dried Yellow Cashew Pulp Based Diets to West African Dwarf Goats
U. Okpanachi, Department of Animal Production, Kogi State University, Anyigba, Kogi State, Nigeria
J. A. Ayoade, College of Animal Science, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
C. D. Tuleun, College of Animal Science, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
Received: Jan. 19, 2016;       Accepted: Jan. 19, 2016;       Published: Jun. 4, 2016
DOI: 10.11648/j.avs.s.2016040301.11      View  4392      Downloads  163
The carcass characteristics, internal organs and economics of feeding sun-dried cashew pulp based diets to West African Dwarf (WAD) Goats were studied. Twenty growing goats of about 6-7 months, having an average initial weight of 6.42kg were randomly assigned to the treatments; each treatment had five experimental units. Four diets containing 0 (control), 10, 20 and 30% dried yellow cashew pulp coded as T1, T2, T3 and T4, respectively, were compared. Completely randomized design was used in all the experiments. Data obtained were subjected to Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and means that were significantly different were separated using Least Significant Difference (LSD). None of the carcass and internal organ parameter was significantly affected (P > 0.05) by the inclusion of sun-dried cashew pulp meal. Total feed cost and total variable cost were highly significantly affected (P < 0.01) and feed cost per kg, total feed cost and total variable cost of production reduced as the inclusion level of sun-dried cashew pulp increased from 0% (control) – 30%. This study indicated that sun-dried cashew pulp can be fed to WAD goats up to 30% level of inclusion in diets without an adverse effect on them. Inclusion of cashew pulp sun-dried to the tone of 30% will also provide a cheaper source of feed and also help to reduce environmental pollution since the study area in known to be the highest cashew producing state in Nigeria and the pulp unlike the seed are left to waste during its season.
Yellow Cashew Pulp, Carcass Characteristics, Internal Organs, Economics of Feeding
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U. Okpanachi, J. A. Ayoade, C. D. Tuleun, Carcass Characteristics, Internal Organs and Economics of Feeding Sun-Dried Yellow Cashew Pulp Based Diets to West African Dwarf Goats, Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Special Issue: Animal Science and Climate Change. Vol. 4, No. 3-1, 2016, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.11648/j.avs.s.2016040301.11
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