Effect of Graded Levels of Full-Fat Toasted Soya Bean Meal (Glycsine Max) on the Performance of Grower Cane Rats (Thryonomys swinderianus) under Captivity

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Author(s) Defang Henry Fualefac | Agustave Kenfack | Ferdinand Ngoula | J. Awah-Ndukum | Manfouo Z | J. Tchoumboué
Pages 475-478
Volume 3
Issue 8
Date August, 2014
Keywords full fat toasted soybean, energy, crude protein, scane rats (Thryonomys swinderianus), growth performance

A total of twenty-four cane rats with an average initial weight between 500-700g were randomly allotted to four dietary treatments (R0, R1, R2 and R3) containing 0,10,15 and 20% toasted full-fat soybean grains as replacement for maize and wheat brand pellets respectively. Freshly harvested Pennissetum purpureum (basal diet) was served ad libutum to the treatment groups. The experiment spanned 72 days during which average data on feed intake (g), body weight gain were collected and feed conversion ratio (FCR) calculated. No significant difference (p>0.05) was observed between treatment groups for feed consumption and weight gain. Male cane rats fed R2 diet recorded a significant (p<0.05) higher feed intake compared with the females fed on the same diet. Similarly, weight gain was significantly (p< 0.05) higher for the male cane rats fed diet R2 compared with the females fed on the same diet. Generally, feed conversion ratio (FCR) decreased with increasing levels of the test diets. Mail cane rats fed R2 diet recorded a significant (p<0.05) lower FCR compared with the rest of the treatments. Full-fat toasted say bean meal can incorporated up to 10 and 15% levels in a maize-wheat brand concentrate meal for female and male cane rats, respectively without adverse effect on the growth performance.

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