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Performance, Carcass Characteristics and Economy of Production of Broilers Fed Maize-Grit and Brewers Dried Grain Replacing Maize

G.A. Anyanwu1, F.C. Iheukwumere2 and C.O. Emerole3
1Department of Animal Science and Technology, Federal University of Technology, PMB 1526, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria 2Department of Animal Science and Fisheries, 3Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Abia State University, PMB 7010, Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria
Abstract :

A 28-day feeding trial involving ninety-six (96) four weeks old broiler chicks was conducted to investigate the effect of total replacement of maize with different combination ratios of maize grit and Brewers Dried Grain (BDG) on the performance, carcass characteristics and economy of finisher broilers. Four experimental diets were formulated by substituting maize with maize grit and BDG in the ratio of T1 (0%); T2 (3:1-45 + 15); T3 (1:1-30 + 30) and T4 (1:3-15 + 45) respectively. The birds were randomly assigned to four treatment diets. Each experimental unit of 24 birds was replicated twice giving 12 birds per replicate in a completely randomized design (CRD). Feed and water were provided ad-libitum. Body weight and weight
gain per feed intake through higher at high cost with the control diet improved in cheaper diets formulated
with maize grit and BDG. There was no consistency in the carcass characteristics of the groups particularly
among the internal organs showing that dietary maize grit ad BDG could not pose any discernible  nutritional problems that might manifest in the carcass of the broilers. Cheaper feed formulated with maize grit and BDG gave the higher gross margins especially diet 4.

Keywords :
Performance, carcass, economy of production, maize grit-brewers dried grain, maize, broilers

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Volume 7, Number 2, - 2008 , ISSN 1682-8356

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