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Blood, Carcass and Organ Measurements As Influenced By Aspergillus Niger Treated Cassava Waste In The Diets of West African Dwarf Goat (WAD)

M. A. Belewu, N. 0. Jimoh
KEYWORDS: Aspergillus treated cassava waste, goat, blood, carcass and organ parameters


Effects of feeding Aspergilius treated cassava wastes on haemalological values, organs and carcass measurements West African dwarf  goats (WAD) were determined. Twelve West African dwarf goats (weighing between 2.8 and 5.4kg) in a completely randomized design (CRD) model with 56d periods consumed diets A (untreated cassava waste, 40%) and Aspergil/us treated cassava wastes thus : diets B(20%), C (30%) and D (40%) ad libituni. With the exception of •he neutrophil and lymphocytes which are significantly different (P<0.05) among treatments (9.25%, 8.20%26.00%, 17.50% and 90.75% 92.00% 74.00% and 97.50% for control diets (A'J, 8 , C, and D respectively).Other, haematological indices (Hb, P<'.;V, WBC. MCV MCH, MCHC ond ERR) were similar (P>0.05).Carcass weight and dressing percentage evaluated increased (P>0.05) with Aspergil/us treated cassava wastes and was similar P>0.05) among treatments(1.49% control diet A,2.01 % (B),2.69% (C) and 2.45% (D) and 38. 71 % control diet (A),44. 70% (8) 45.03% (C) and 41. 11 % (D). The kidney weig~1t was not affected (P>0.05) by the fungus (Aspergillus niget') and it ranges between 1.12 and 1.24%. The heart weight was 1.58, 1.38, 1.07 and 1, 15% for the control (A). diets 8, C and D respectively, while the  weight of the lungswas numerically greater for D (4.60%)· than for diet A (4.02%) . :0wever, there was no significant difference among treatments A, B, C and D. ln conclusion, the inclusion of Aspergillus treatPd cassava waste in the dtet of ruminant animals may not markedly alter the haematological indices or affects the health of goats, carcass and organ weights of West African dwar

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