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Alkoiret et al., 2007. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 19 (10): 141

Document reference 
Alkoiret, T. I. ; Manne, A. A. S. ; Gbangboche, A. B. ; Attakpa, E. Y., 2007. Fattening performance of Djallonke sheep supplemented with cotton seed husks in Benin. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 19 (10): 141
Alternative title 

Performances d'embouche des ovins Djallonke complementés avec les coques de graine de coton au Bénin


This research was carried out at the sheep national centre of the stock farm of Betecoucou (Breeding Development Project III). 30 Djallonke [West African Dwarf] sheep averaging 17.92.1 kg and 362.96.7 days of age were divided into three feeding groups of ten each and all received Panicum maximum forage. Animals in Group 1 were supplemented with cottonseed cake (R1), Group 2 received SHB animal feed (60% of cottonseed cake and 40% of cotton shell, R2) and Group 3 was fed a diet of 50% of cottonseed cake and 50% SHB (R3). After an adaptation period of 15 days, the sheep were fattened for 60 days. There were no significant ( P>0.05) differences in growth performances between the 3 groups. Daily average weight gains were 82.5, 90.0 and 88.3 g and feed conversion ratios (FCR) of dry matter were 12.9, 12.0 and 11.9 kg for R1, R2 and R3, respectively. However, FCR of nitrogen digestible matter of R1 was higher ( P<0.05) by 41.2 and 21.8% in R2 and R3, respectively. The carcass characteristics also showed no significant ( P>0.05) difference between parameters studied. Net carcass yields were 54.3, 55.8 and 55.1% for R1, R2 and R3, respectively. Using SHB animal feed (R2) produced a net profit superior to 1570 F. CFA and 605 F. CFA in groups R1 and R3, respectively.

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Alkoiret et al., 2007