Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences (ISSN: 2582-3183)

Research Article Volume 5 Issue 1

Effects of Supplementation of Tetrapleura tetraptera (African Porridge) Concentrate Diets on the Performance and Faecal Egg Counts of West African Dwarf Rams

Jinadu KB1*, Oluwatosin BO2, Adekanbi AO3, Adeosun AO4, Akingbade AO5, Saka AA5, Olaniyi TO5, Olona JF5 and Abdulsalam S5

1Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment, FUNAAB, Nigeria
2Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research, FUNAAB, Nigeria
3Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Nigeria
4Department of Animal Science, Oyo state College of Education Lanlate, Oyo state
5Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Ibadan, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author: Jinadu KB, Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment, FUNAAB, Nigeria.

Received: November 21, 2022; Published: Decemeber 08, 2022


Flavonoids and other metabolites in Tetrapleura tetraptera could be exploited as natural feed additive to non - nutritive chemical antibiotics to enhance growth performance and its efficacy as anthelminthic. The study was designed to determine the growth performance and faecal egg counts of West African Dwarf rams (WAD) fed diets containing varying levels of Tetrapleura tetraptera fruit meal. Thirty-five (35) WAD rams with an average weight of 13.20 ± 0.20 kg were used in a completely randomized designed for 140 days. Five concentrate diets containing varying levels of TTFM (0, 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0%) were compounded while Panicum maximum was fed as basal diet. Performance characteristics determined were initial, final weight, weight gain and feed conversion ratio while faecal samples were collected at 0, 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20th weeks of the experiment. Data collected were subjected to analysis of variance (ANOVA). Results showed that the daily weight gain (DWG: 51.43 to 65.07g/day) increased linearly across the dietary treatments. Dietary TTFM had significant (p < 0.05) effects on the dry matter concentrate intake. The faecal egg count and cysts reduced significantly (p < 0.05) from 8th week of the experiment with the lowest count at 2.00% TTFM. It was therefore concluded that TTFM had potential as feed additive for enhanced daily weight gain, dry matter intake coupled with anthelminthic properties.

Keywords: Tetrapleura tetraptera; Diets; Faecal Egg Counts; Dwarf Rams


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Citation: Jinadu KB., et al. “Effects of Supplementation of Tetrapleura tetraptera (African Porridge) Concentrate Diets on the Performance and Faecal Egg Counts of West African Dwarf Rams".Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences 5.1 (2023): 17-26.


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