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Sangkhom Inthapanya et al., 2009. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 21 (10)

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Sangkhom Inthapanya ; Preston, T. R., 2009. Effect of supplementation with sweet potato root and paddy rice on growth performance of local rabbits fed water spinach (Ipomoea aquatica) and paper mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera) as basal diets. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 21 (10)

Growth of young (45 to 50 days of age)  rabbits (n=48) was studied in a completely randomized 2*3 factorial design with 6 treatments: The factors were: basal diets of water spinach or foliage of Paper mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera) and supplements of Paddy rice or Sweet potato root or none. The rabbits were housed in pairs in cages made from bamboo and wood.

Leaves and stems of Paper mulberry were higher in DM and lower in crude protein compared with water spinach. The proportion of the diet DM consumed as supplements was in the range of 27 to 31%. The supplements increased the growth rates on both forages, with no apparent differences between the two supplements. Growth rates were better for water spinach than for Paper mulberry. Feed DM intake was higher for the diets with Paper mulberry compared with water spinach but there were no differences among supplements. DM feed conversion was better on  water spinach than Paper mulberry and for the two supplement treatments compared with the un-supplemented control.

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Sangkhom Inthapanya et al., 2009