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Akinfala et al., 2003. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 15 (4)

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Akinfala, E. O. ; Matanmi, O. ; Aderibigbe, A. O., 2003. Preliminary studies on the response of weaned rabbits to whole cassava plant meal basal diets in the humid tropics. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 15 (4)

This experiment was carried out to investigate the response to inclusion of whole cassava plant meal as replacement for maize in the diet of growing rabbits. Fifteen New Zealand white weaner rabbits with an average initial body weight of 577g were housed individually and randomly allotted to three diets: control diet with maize grain; and 50% or 100% replacement of maize by whole cassava plant meal (cassava roots + cassava tender stem and leaves). The ratio of root to leaves and tender stem (DM basis) was 2.5:1 while that of leaves to tender stem was 5:1. Growth rates and feed intakes were higher on the diets with whole cassava plant meal replacing the maize, but there were no differences in feed conversion. Apparent digestibility coefficients for all proximate analysis constituents were higher on the cassava diets. It is concluded that whole cassava plant meal can be used to replace maize in the diet of weaner rabbits without any adverse effect on the performance and apparent nutrient digestibility.

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Akinfala et al., 2003