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ISRN Veterinary Science
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 915729, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/915729
Research Article

Growth Performance of Rabbits Fed Palm-Press Fibres-Based Diets

1Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey Calavi, 01 BP 526 Cotonou, Benin
2Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Abomey Calavi, 01 BP 4521 Cotonou, Benin

Received 23 March 2012; Accepted 23 May 2012

Academic Editors: A. Arieli and B. China

Copyright © 2012 M. Frederic Houndonougbo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

An experiment was carried out to define the optimal rate of palm-press fibres in growing rabbits’ diet. In total, 64 weaned rabbits (35 days old) of Beninese breed were divided in 16 groups of 4 rabbits (2 males and 2 females) each. During six weeks, rabbits were fed with 4 complete diets containing 0% (F0, control), 5% (F5), 10% (F10), and 15% (F15) of fibres from a palm oil industry. Results demonstrated that up to 15 of palm-press fibres can be included efficiently in growing rabbits’ diet. The daily feed intake was not significantly affected by the diet ( 𝑃 > 0 . 0 5 ). At 13 weeks old, the average live weights of rabbits were 1788.5 g, 1805.0 g, 1718.5 g, and 1801.3 g in respectively, F0, F5, F10 and F15 groups. No mortality of rabbits was recorded. Compared to F0, the feed conversion ratio and feeding cost decreased in the group of rabbits fed F15 diet. The carcass yield was similar between diets.