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Effects of Partial Replacement of Sorghum with Musa Sapientum (banana) Peels on Performance, Hematological and Biochemical Parameters of Rabbits

Effects of Partial Replacement of Sorghum with Musa Sapientum (banana) Peels on Performance, Hematological and Biochemical Parameters of Rabbits

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Title: Effects of Partial Replacement of Sorghum with Musa Sapientum (banana) Peels on Performance, Hematological and Biochemical Parameters of Rabbits
Author: Mohammed, Wamda Kamal Abdelrhman
Abstract: This study was conducted to assess the performance, hematological and serum biochemical parameters of rabbits fed inclusion levels of dried banana peel. The experimental lasted 50 days, from 20 March till 10 May 2017. A total of sixteen (16) local breed rabbits aged 6-8 weeks with mean initial body weight of 964 ± 10g were used. There were four groups and four animals for each group fed separately. The first group (control) received the basal diet, while the other groups received 3.5%, 7% and 10.5% of dried banana peel, respectively. Performance parameters were measured and calculated weekly. At the beginning and end of experiment blood samples were taken. The feces were collected in the last week of experiment. All the parameters were analyzed by SPSS using completely randomized design. The results revealed significant (p≤0.05) differences in the performance parameters including feed intake, growth rate and feed conversion ratio. Rabbits that consumed 10.5% banana peel showed the highest total weight gain and the best feed conversion ratio. The digestibility coefficients showed significant (p≤0.05) difference among treatments except crude fiber. The diet with 0% banana peel recorded the highest digestibility of crude protein (79.52%) and dry matter (86.61%). The effect of banana peel on hematological and biochemical parameters showed no significant difference except mean corpuscular volume (MCV). However, the levels of alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) showed increase with increased levels of dried banana peel. Based on the results obtained, banana peels has no detrimental effects on rabbits health hence banana peel should be fed up to 10.5% inclusion level.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/123456789/27040


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