Integrity Research Journals

ISSN: 2536-7099
Model: Open Access/Peer Reviewed
DOI: 10.31248/JASVM
Start Year: 2016

Performance response of feedlot Bunaji bulls to dietary melon seed husk meal inclusion   |   Article Number: E0220F4D4   |   Vol.3 (4) - August 2018

Received Date: 21 June 2018   |   Accepted Date: 17 July 2018  |   Published Date: 30 August 2018

Authors:  Wuanor, A. A.* , Gwaza, D. S. and Kembe, T.

Keywords: Bunaji bulls, dietary inclusion, feedlot, melon seed husk meal, performance response.

A 90-day study was conducted to evaluate the performance response of feedlot Bunaji bulls to dietary melon seed husk meal inclusion. Twelve Bunaji bulls aged two years and weighing 105 Kg on the average were randomly divided into four groups of three bulls each and allotted to four dietary treatments in a Completely Randomized Design in which each bull served as a replicate. The experimental diets were formulated using maize offal, palm kernel meal, soya bean haulm, cowpea husk, soya meal, rice offal, melon seed husk, bone ash and table salt. Melon seed husk meal (MSHM) was included in the diets at 0, 5, 10 and 20% corresponding to T1, T2, T3 and T4 respectively. Elephant grass (forage) and water were offered ad libitum while the experimental diets containing the melon seed husk meal were fed at 3.0% body weight of the bulls. Results obtained at the end of the study showed that there were no significant differences (P>0.05) in the initial body weight, average daily supplement intake, average daily forage intake, average daily total feed intake, average daily body weight gain, feed conversion ratio and final body weight. There were significant differences (P<0.05) in the average daily water intake whose values were 13.66, 13.42, 12.47 and 12.26 litres for T1, T2, T3 and T4 respectively. It was concluded that inclusion of melon seed husk meal in the diets did not exert any deleterious effect on the performance of the feedlot Bunaji bulls. It was recommended that melon seed husk meal can be included up to 10% in the supplementary diets of feedlot Bunaji bulls.

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