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Title: The Growth Performance and Organ Characteristics of Rats Fed Diets Containing Sheanut Cake (SNC) And Groundnut Skins (GNS).
Authors: Okai, D. B.
Topps, J. H.
English, P.
Tuah, A. K.
Issue Date: 8-Sep-2011
Abstract: Five diets made up of maize and soyabean meal (SBM) as control; maize, SBM and 5 or 10% sheanut (Butryospermwn parkit) cake (SNC); maize, SBM and 10 or 20% groundnut (Arachis hypogeae) skins (GNS) were fed to a total of 50 weanling Sprague-Dawley rats for 4 weeks. The proximate compositions of the SNC and GNS were 13.8, 17.7% CP 13.8,16.2% CF; 17.5, 19% EE and 5.3, 3.6% ash respectively on DM basis. The macro-mineral levels of both SNC and GNC were similar, with the exception of potassium which were 2.1 and 0.52% and Calcium 0.21 and (1.39% and Sodium 0.004 and 0.016% respectively. The SNC contained 10.98 and the GNS, 8.48%r, tannins. The 2 samples analysed did not contain saponins and aflatoxin B1. The rats fed 20% GNS diet had the highest (P<0.01) feed intake whilst the feed intake for rats fed the 10% SNC diet was the lowest. However, growth performance was best for the control group and was poorest (P<0.05) for the rats fed the 10% SNC diet. Both full and empty gastro-instestinal tract weights increased as the level of crude fibre in the diet increased. It is concluded that the optimum levels for inclusion of SNC and GNS in the diets of monogastric species are 5 and 10%, respectively.
Description: D.B Okai's...[et.al] published article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1261
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