Sweet potato peels and its effect on feed and nutrients intakes of Uda lambs
The study was conducted to evaluate the effect of feeding sweet potato peels on feed and nutrient intakes using sixteen Uda lambs with an average weight of 25.3kg in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD) experiment. The animals were allotted to four levels of sweet potato peels containing 0, 10, 20 and 30% which constitute the treatments designated 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively. Treatment one had zero supplementation and served as the control. Data generated from the study were subjected to statistical analysis. Performance of the Uda lambs indicated that average dry matter intake, average daily weight gain, final weight gain and feed conversion ratio indicated no significant (p>0.05) difference between the treatments. However, significant variations were recorded between Treatment 2 and the rest of the treatments in terms of dry matter intake, crude protein intake, crude fibre intake, ether extract intake, ash intake and nitrogen free extract intake (p<0.05). The study showed that dietary inclusion of sweet potato peel in the diet of Uda lambs does not have any detrimental effect on the growth performance of Uda lambs under the condition in which the present experiment was conducted.
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