Nutrients intake and digestibility of growing and fatteningUda sheep fed graded levels of ginger in semi-arid Nigeria

Authors

  • Nasiru Muhammad Department of Animal Science, Usmanu Danfodiyo University (UDUS), Sokoto, Nigeria
  • Hussaini Mohammed Tukur Department of Animal Science, Usmanu Danfodiyo University (UDUS), Sokoto, Nigeria
  • Shehu Ahmad Maigandi Department of Animal Science, Usmanu Danfodiyo University (UDUS), Sokoto, Nigeria
  • Hussaini Abdulqadir Department of Animal Science, Usmanu Danfodiyo University (UDUS), Sokoto, Nigeria
  • Uchemefuna Ifesinachi Department of Animal Science, Usmanu Danfodiyo University (UDUS), Sokoto, Nigeria
  • Mujahid Abubakar Department of Animal Science, Usmanu Danfodiyo University (UDUS), Sokoto, Nigeria
  • Chidinma Uche Ezimuo Department of Animal Science, Usmanu Danfodiyo University (UDUS), Sokoto, Nigeria
  • Mohammed Gazali Garba Department of Animal Production and Health, Federal University, Dutsin-Ma (FUDMA), Katsina state, Nigeria
  • Lawal Abdu Saulawa Department of Animal Production and Health, Federal University, Dutsin-Ma (FUDMA), Katsina state, Nigeria
  • Aliyu Yusuf Department of Animal Production and Health, Federal University, Dutsin-Ma (FUDMA), Katsina state, Nigeria

Keywords:

Nutrients, Intake, Digestibility, Ginger, Semi-arid, Nigeria

Abstract

Two separate experiments were conducted at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Livestock Teaching and Research Farm to assess intake and digestibility of nutrients for growing and fattening Uda sheep fed graded level of ginger (Zingiber officinale) in semi-arid region of Nigeria. In each experiment, fifteen intact male animals with an average weight of 17 and 21.4kg respectively, were allocated to three treatment diets in a completely randomized Experimental Design (CRD) replicated five times. Experimental diets containing 0(control), 2.5g/kg (treatment 2) and 5.0g/kg (treatment 3) were formulated separately for each experiment. Each experiment lasted for 90 days feeding trial and three weeks digestibility trial. Results indicated that, for growing animals (experiment 1), ginger inclusion has overall negative effect on nutrients intake and digestibility (P<0.05). However, for fatteninganimals (experiment 2), intake and digestibility were affected (P<0.05) when ginger inclusion exceeds 2.5%. It was concluded that ginger inclusion had negative effect on intake and digestibility of growing animals and on fattening animals above 2.5%.

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2016-04-25

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Nasiru Muhammad, Hussaini Mohammed Tukur, Shehu Ahmad Maigandi, Hussaini Abdulqadir, Uchemefuna Ifesinachi, Mujahid Abubakar, Chidinma Uche Ezimuo, Mohammed Gazali Garba, Lawal Abdu Saulawa, & Aliyu Yusuf. (2016). Nutrients intake and digestibility of growing and fatteningUda sheep fed graded levels of ginger in semi-arid Nigeria. Scientific Journal of Animal Science, 5(4), 268-275. Retrieved from https://www.sjournals.com/index.php/sjas/article/view/206

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