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African Journal of Biomedical Research
Ibadan Biomedical Communications Group
ISSN: 1119-5096
Vol. 4, No. 3, 2001, pp. 147-149
Bioline Code: md01070
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Biomedical Research, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2001, pp. 147-149

 en THE UTILIZATION OF WATER HYACINTH (EICHHORNIA CRASSIPES) BY WEST AFRICAN DWARF (WAD) GROWING GOATS
SUNDAY, A. DADA

Abstract

Confined growing goats were offered ad libitum sundried water hyacinth, cowpea pod and groundnut stubbles hand mixed in the respective proportions: 30:40:30 (diet 1); 30:30:40 (diet 2) and 40:30:30 (diet 3) to measure intake, feed conversion and rate of gain. Dry Matter Intake, DMI (56.14 ± 6.50g/kg dry matter intake (% of EW) 3.49 ± 0.30, feed conversion (g gain/kg feed) 47.24 ± 5.80 and rate of gain (gd 11.00 ± 2.80 of goats fed diet 3 were higher (P < 0.05) than the corresponding (P > 0.05) mean DM1 (49.88 ± 6.5Ogkg/BW). DM1 (% of BW) 3.11±0.30, feed conversion (g gain/kg feed) 40.55±5.80 and rate of gain (gd 8.37±2.80 of goats fed diets 1 and 2. Evaluation of sundried E. crassipes incorporated with legume residues for ruminant feeds at the maximum beneficial level of inclusion will be necessary.

Keywords
Water hyacinth, growing goats, intake, feed efficiency and weight gain

 
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