Daudu Oluremi Martha, Sekoni Adetoun Adetokunbo, Ogundipe Samson Olabanji, Erakpotobor Grace Takpejewho, Olugbemi Taiye Sunday
Department of Animal Science, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria
National Animal Production Research Institute, Shika, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria
Key words: Ginger by-product meal, enzyme supplementation, broiler chicken, performance, blood chemistry.
An experiment was conducted to determine the performance of broiler chickens fed ginger by- product meal (GBM) supplemented with a multi enzyme preparation (maxigrain©). Birds fed 0% GBM diet performed significantly (p<0.05) better than those fed 15 and 30% GBM diets. Birds fed non-enzyme treated diets also performed significantly (p<0.05%) better than those fed enzyme treated diets. Enzyme also had no significant effect (p>0.05) on the haematological and most serum chemistry profiles of the birds except Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) which significantly (p<0.05) increased with the inclusion of enzyme. Feed cost/kg decreased with increase in GBM in all the dietary treatments, but feed cost/kg gain increased with increase in GBM in the dietary treatments.
There was a significant (p<0.05) interaction between GBM and enzyme for final weight, weight gain and feed to gain ratio. Birds fed 0% GBM diet performed significantly (p<0.05) better than those fed 15 and 30% GBM diets. The use of GBM at 15 and 30% did not improve performance of the birds hence lower levels of GBM and other processing methods could be tested with a view of improving its utilization.
Get the original articles in Source: Volume 2, Number 7, July 2012 – IJB
Published By: International Journal of Biosciences (IJB)