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Effects of Sweet Potato Leaf Meal On The Growth Performance and Carcass Characteristics of Broiler Chickens

J. K. Kagya-agyemang, B. Hussey, A. B. Amoah
KEYWORDS: Sweet potato leaf meal. nutritive value. broilers. growth performance

ABSTRACT:

A five-week feeding trial was conducted using 180 Cobb commercial broiler chickens to study the nutritive value of sweet potato leaf meal (SPLM) in broiler diets. The 21-day-old broiler chickens were randomly allocated in groups of 45 birds to each of the four dietary treatments. One hundred, 200 and 300 g kg ' levels of SPLM were included in a nutritionally balanced diet. The control diet did not contain SPLM. Feed and water was supplied ad libitum. Feed intake and body weight gains were significantly (P< 0.05) depressed by the addition of 10 %, 20 % and 30 % SPLM to broiler diets. The addition of 20 °/o and 30 % SPLM to the diets resulted in a significant (P<0.05) reduction in feed conversion efficiency (FCE). The carcass quality was significantly (P<0.05) improved due to a significant (P<0.05) reduction of abdominal fat in SPLM-fed birds. Dietary treatment had no impact on carcass dressing percentage. No deaths were recorded throughout the study. As the level of dietary SPLM increased. there was acorresponding increase in the intensity of yellow pigmentation of the skin. shanks and feet. and beaks of birds. The optimum level of inclusion of SPLM in the diet of broiler chickens was considered to be 10 % (100 g kg 1,. SPLM may be a good remedy for fatty broiler chickens.


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