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Mbanya et al., 2005. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 17 (3)

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Mbanya, J. N. ; Ndoping, B. N. ; Mafeni, J. M. ; Fomunyam, D. W., 2005. The effect of different protein sources and their combination on the performance of growing rabbits in tropical conditions. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 17 (3)

Seven concentrate feeds were compounded for growing rabbits (n=56) to include one, two or three different sources of protein together with maize (about 35%), wheat bran (about 50%), palm oil (1%), bone meal (0.5%) and common salt (0.5%) . The rabbits were paired and housed in metallic cages and given free access to wilted Guatemala grass (Trypsacum laxum) and 100g/head/day of  the concentrate supplement. The dietary treatments consisted of: Cottonseed cake, Soybean cake, Fish meal, Cottonseed cake and soybean cake.

Growth rate was in the range of 10 to 16 g/day and appeared to be highest when fish meal was the sole source of supplementary protein; however, variation was high within treatments and only the difference between fish meal and cottonseed cake was significant. Feed conversion (air-dry feed basis and excluding the grass) was in the range of 4.4 to 5.2 and was not related with growth rate.

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