Publisher: Chemical Society of Nigeria

Assessment of Feed Quality Efficiency of Moringa Oleifera Seeds

U. F. Hassan, H. Baba, M. A. Shibdawa, A. A .mahmoud
KEYWORDS: Moringa oleifera, minerals, proximate, Kruskal-Wallis, Spearman.

ABSTRACT:

The  proximate  and  mineral  contents  of  Moringa  oleifera  seeds  were  carried  out  in  order  to  determine  the possibility  or  otherwise  of  incorporating  the  seeds  in  compounding  animal  feeds.  The  seeds  were  found  to contain  the  following  grand  mean  levels  of:  moisture  content  (6.74%),  dry  matter  (93.26%),  ash  content (7.43%),  crude  lipid  (29.25%),  crude  fibre  (12.71%),  crude  protein  (30.61%)  and  carbohydrate  (20.00%) respectively.  The  overall  average  metabolisable  energy  was  found  to  be  1942.66  kJ/100g.  The  differences  in  all the  respective  parameters  of  the  proximate  composition  of  the  seeds  were  found  to  be  statistically  not  significant (P<0.01)  as  revealed  by  Kruskal-Wallis  one  way  analysis  of  variance  by  ranks.  The  results  of  the  mineral composition  of  all  the  metals  determined  indicated  lower  concentration  levels  such  that  the  values  are  lower than  the  recommended  dietary  allowances  for  ruminant  animals.  The  concentration  of  the  minerals  determined were  subjected  to  Spearman’s  ranked  correlation  with  ties  (P<0.01).  Students  t-test  further  indicated  the  extent of  the  correlation  among  the  concentration  of  the  metals  determined.


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