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ISRN Veterinary Science
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 321516, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/321516
Research Article

Effects of Replacing Groundnut Cake with Blood Vegetable Waste Meal in the Diets of Weaner Rabbits

Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Abuja, P.M.B. 117, Abuja, Nigeria

Received 25 November 2011; Accepted 15 January 2012

Academic Editor: K. Katoh

Copyright © 2012 Adedayo Abiodun Adeniji. 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

A total of seventy-two weaner rabbits of eight weeks of age were used to assess the effects of replacing groundnut cake (GNC) with blood vegetable waste meal (BVWM) in the diets of rabbits. The BVWM was fed to replace dietary GNC at 0, 15, 30, and 45%, with GNC being 15% in the control diet. The four experimental diets were fed ad libitum for a period of eight weeks. BVWM was analyzed to contain a crude protein value of 62.35%. There were comparable feed intake values by rabbits on all the diets although the rabbits in the higher replacement levels of BVWM tended to have consumed more of the feed. There were significant increases ( 𝑃 < 0 . 0 5 ) in body weight gain by rabbits as the BVWM level increased in the diet. Similarly, the feed to gain ratio improved and nitrogen digestibility increased ( 𝑃 < 0 . 0 5 ) with higher levels of BVWM in the diet. This study shows that rabbits can tolerate the 45% BVWM replacement of groundnut cake effectively.