Research Papers/Topics in Animal Production

EFFECTS OF HONEY AND SHADE ON PLASMA BIOCHEMISTRY IN BROILER CHICKENS DURING HOT-DRY SEASON

The study was designed to determine the possibility of better performance of 4-8 weeks old broiler chickens through the addition of honey in drinking water and provision of shade to ameliorate the effects of heat stress during hot dry season. ABSTRACT This  study was  designed  to  determine  the  possibility  of  better performance  of  4-8  weeks  old broiler  chickens  through  the  addition  of&...

Effects of Mimosa diplotricha Leaf on the Organ Weights and Organoleptic Properties of Three Broiler Strains

The effect of Mimosa diplotricha on the organ weights and organoleptic properties of three broiler breeds was studied using 120 day-old chicks reared for eight weeks. The work was carried out using randomized complete block design. The breeds namely Arbo Acre, Cobbs and Ross were designated as treatment 1, 2 and 3, respectively with three replicates each. Two diet groups; diet with 2% Mimosa diplotricha leaf meal and diets without the leaf meal were administered. The organ weights and organol...

Prevalence of Gastrointestinal Parasites on Some Common Vegetables sold in Bauchi Metropolis

ABSTRACT Vegetables are important in the diets of both human being and their livestock. Vegetables improve appetite and supply consumers with fibre, protein, flavour, essential oils and flavonoids (Klansmewyer et al., 2004). The problem of food poisoning especially vegetables is not limited to personal hygiene while cooking but is also widely dependent on source and handling before it gets to the consumer. Common vegetables brought for sale in markets within Bauchi metropolis, Bauchi State f...

EFFICACY OF DISTILLED WATER AND LACTIC ACID AS WASH SOLUTION IN PREVENTING RECONTAMINATION OF SOME SPECIFIC MICROBES ON REFRIGERATED CHICKEN CARCASSES

ABSTRACTThis study was carried out to look at the efficacy of using lactic acid and distilled water as wash solution to reduce rate of recontamination of some specific microbes on refrigerated chicken carcass. Frozen chicken wings was obtained from an open commercial market (Kuto), Abeokuta, in Ogun State, Nigeria. The skin from the lean meat was removed and a certain measured amount was washed with Distilled Water and (0.4%) Lactic Acid and Agitated with stomatcher blender. 1ml of the rinsat...

THE INFLUENCE OF HUSBANDRY PRACTICES ON CONSUMERS PREFERENCE FOR BEEF AND CHEVON IN ABEOKUTA METROPOLIS

ABSTRACTThis research work was carried out in Abeokuta metropolis covering areas of Abiola way, Adatan, Alabata, Aregbe, Camp, Isolu, Ita-Osin, Iyana- mortuary, Lafenwa, Obantoko, Odo- Eran, Okelewo, Onokolobo and Osiele. The study was determined to know the influence of husbandry practices on consumer’s preference for chevon or beef because the health of these animals is the health of man apart from other socio- cultural reasons that may affect the preference for a particular food. It...

UNPEELED CASSAVA ROOT MEAL IN BROILERS DIET: THE EFFECT OF PROTEIN REDUCTION AND FREE AMINO ACIDS SUPPLEMENTATION ON PERFORMANCE, BLOOD PARAMETERS AND CARCASS CHARACTERISTICS

ABSTRACTA feeding trial was conducted in a completely randomized design to evaluate the overall performance, blood constituents and carcass analysis of 5-day old Marshal broiler chicks that are fed with different diets; maize diet with and without AA supplements and unpeeled cassava root meal (UCRM) diet with and without AA supplements; of four replicates each and 10 chicken per replicate. The birds were assigned to these diets; feed, and water was given ad-libitum throughout the experiment. ...

Feed value of selected locally available browse and grass forages utilized by goats in Lungwena EPA, Mangochi, Southern Malawi

ABSTRACTA study was conducted to determine the nutrient composition of selected locally available browse and grass plants commonly utilized by goats in Lungwena Extension Planning Area (EPA), Mangochi district, southern Malawi. A total of seventeen browse and grass samples were collected and subjected to proximate analysis to determine their chemical composition. Fiber components, Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF) and Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF), were also analyzed. Crude Protein (CP) content in t...

THE EFFECT OF MAXIGRAIN® ON PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS, NUTRIENT UTILIZATION AND EGG QUALITY CHARACTERISTICS OF LAYERS FED GLIRICIDIA SEPIUM (JACQ) Kunth ex Steud LEAF MEAL

ABSTRACTIn a feeding trial which was conducted to study the nutritive value of air-dried Gliricidia leaf meal (GLM) supplemented with Maxigrain® enzyme using Sixty laying hens (Rhode Island Red strains). The birds were randomly allotted to five dietary treatments of 12 birds per treatment; each treatment was replicated into 4 groups with 3 birds per replicate. Five experimental diets were formulated; the test ingredient being Gliricidia sepium. Four of the diets were formulated with enzyme (...