Nutritive Value of Two Cultivars of Millet for Broiler Chicks

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2015-06-22
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Badr Hassab El Rassuol, El Gack
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UOFK
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The present study was conducted to investigate variations in chemical composition and nutritive value of two cultivars (Ugandi and Baioda) of pearl millet grown in the Sudan. Two cultivars (Ugandi and Baioda) of pearl millet (Pennisetum typhoides) were analysed for their nutrient contents. Then graded levels (150, 300, 450, 593.3 gkg-l) of each cultivar were fed to broiler chicks for 6 weeks. Ugandi cultivar contains high crude protein, ether extract, crude fibre and calcium compared to Baioda cultivar. Both cultivars contain 0.4% tannin. Increasing the level of both cultivars in broiler chicks diets had no significant effect on body weight at 7 -week of age, feed intake, feed conversion ratio and mortality rate. As the inclusion rate of both cultivars was increased to 593.3gkgl weight gain at 7-week of age increased (P<0.05). Weight of carcass cuts increased as the dietary level of both cultivars increased (P<0.05) but not all the differences between treatments were significant. Increasing the level of both cultivars of pearl millet in broiler chicks diets had no significant effect on broiler meat colour and sensory proporties. Chicks given the cultivar Baioda had better final body weight, feed conversion ratio and mortality rate compared to those given Ugandi cultivar.
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Nutritive Value,Cultivars , Millet, Broiler Chicks
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