Received Date: 16 September 2017 | Accepted Date: 11 October 2017 | Published Date: 30 August 2018
Keywords: Blood, feed, trial, evaluation, gender, rabbits
Forty-eight sexually matured (7 to 8 months old) healthy male and female New Zealand White rabbits were used to determine the effect of graded levels of ginger rhizome meal on serum biochemical indices. The rabbits were divided into 4 treatment groups, namely T1, T2, T3 and T4 and assigned to four treatment diets in a Complete Randomized Block Design (CRBD). Each of the treatment groups consisted of 12 rabbits (6 does and 6 bucks) replicated 3 times with 2 rabbits per replicate. The levels of inclusion of the ginger rhizome meal were 0.00, 5.00, 10.00 and 15.00% for the T1, T2, T3 and T4 respectively. T1 serves as the control. The rabbits were fed twice daily, in the morning and evening, water was given ad libitum to the rabbits. After 30 days, blood samples were collected from 12 rabbits (6 does and 6 bucks) in each treatment group for serum biochemical evaluation. The results showed that there were significant differences (P<0.05) among the treatment groups in the serum biochemical parameters: urea (significant difference (P<0.05) between rabbits on T1, T2, T3 and those on T4); Aspartate transaminase (significant difference (P<0.05) between rabbits on T2 and T1; between T3 and those on T1 and T4); Alanine transaminase (significant difference (P<0.05) between rabbits on T1, T3, T4 and those onT20); and glucose (significant difference (P<0.05) between rabbits on T2 and those on T1, T3, T4), except Alkaline phosphatase and cholesterol which were similar (P>0.05) among the treatment groups. The results of this study indicate that inclusion of ginger rhizome meal in the diets of the rabbits up to 5% improved their serum biochemical indices.
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