Oloche J1*, Omale OE1, Ingyer M1, Mamkaa V1 and Oloche JJ2,3
1Department of Animal Production, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State,
2Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Benue State University, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
3Centre for Food Technology and Research, Benue State University, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author: Oloche J, Department of Animal Production, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria.
Received: February 06, 2020; Published: February 21, 2020
The need to use alternative non-toxic ruminant feed sources that are viable, available, cheap, rich in protein and not in direct competition with man cannot be overemphasized. A total of sixteen male growing West African dwarf (WAD) goats of about 5 - 7 months of age weighing between 5.25 - 8.45 were used to evaluate the performance and blood characteristics of WAD goats fed Soybean milk chaff meal (SMCM) in a completely randomised design for a period of 77 days. The collected SMCM was immediately sun-dried for about three days, thereafter; the crumbs were crushed into a meal. Four diets were formulated and compounded to contained 0%, 30%, 60% and 90% SMCM respectively. Results showed that there were significant differences (P < 0.05) among the treatments in total weight gain, mean daily weight gain and total concentrate intake. The haematological indices showed significant differences (P < 0.05) among the treatment means only in haemoglobins (10.55 - 12.53 x 1012/l) and white blood cells (11.98 - 19, 39 x 109/l) values, while rest parameters were similar (P > 0.05) across the treatments. Apart from the albumin, globulin, creatinine, high density lipoprotein, low density lipoprotein and total cholesterol, all the other serum biochemical parameters showed significant differences (P < 0.05) among their treatment means. The study showed that soybean milk chaff can be incorporated in the diets of WAD goats up to 90% level without toxic effects on the serum profile of the goat.
Keywords: Soybean Milk Chaff; West African Dwarf Goats; Performance; Blood Characteristics
Citation: Oloche J., et al. “Effects of Soybean Milk Chaff on the Performance and Blood Characteristics of West African Dwarf Male Goats”. Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 2.3 (2020): 01-08.
Copyright: © 2020 Oloche J., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.