Effect of Partial Replacement of Soybean (Glycine max) Meal with Graded Levels of Boiled Piliostigma reticulatum “Kargo” Seed Meal (PRSM) on the Performance of Broiler Starter Chickens Raised Under Deep Litter System
Keywords:Broiler Chicken, Graded Levels, Piliostigma reticulatum Seed Meal, Soybean Meal
A 21-day experiment was conducted to determine the effect of partial replacement of soya bean meal (Glycine max) with graded levels of boiled Piliostigma reticulatum (Kargo) seed meal on the performance of broiler starter chickens. 250 two weeks chicks (Abore acre) were used for the study, the birds were randomly allotted to five different treatment groups and replicated five times with ten birds per replicate in a completely randomized design (CRD). The diets contained Piliostigma reticulatum seed meal (PRSM) as a partial replacement to soya bean meal coded as 0%, 5%, 10%, 15%, and 20% in T1, T2, T3, T4, and T5 respectively. The result indicates that Piliostigma reticulatum seed meal significantly (P< 0.05) affected the performance of broiler starters. There was significant (P< 0.05) difference in daily and total weight gains which falls between 27 – 36g/b and 271 – 402g/b. The results showed that T3 (10% inclusion level) recorded significantly higher daily (36g/b) and total weight gains (402g/b) compared to the control and other treatment groups. It was therefore concluded that Piliostigma reticulatum seed meal can be used as an alternative protein source to partially replace soya bean meal without adversely affecting performance.
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