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Potential Value of Acridids as High Protein Supplement for Poultry Feed

Hena Anand, Arijit Ganguly and Parimalendu Haldar
Department of Zoology, Visva - Bharati University, Santiniketan - 731235, West Bengal, India
Abstract :

It is well known that acridids are an attractive and important natural source of food for many kinds
of vertebrate animals, including birds, lizards, snakes, amphibians, fish and other mammals. Despite that
they drew very few research attentions as feed for domesticated animals, particularly poultry, swine and
freshwater fish. In the present study energy estimation and proximate analysis were conducted for four
acridid species in order to determine the nutritional quality of those species and their potential value as an
alternative animal protein source. The experiment revealed acridids to have a higher amount of protein
content in compared to the conventional soybean and fish meals. A high amount of caloric contents were
also evident in the chosen acridids. The most important conclusion of this study was that the acridids can
provide a reliable and sustainable source of high quality animal protein for domesticated animals.

Keywords :
Nutritional potential, acridids, animal feed

Date Deposited : 12 Jul 2011 13:40

Last Modified : 12 Jul 2011 13:40

Official URL: http://www.pjbs.org/ijps/ijps.htm

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

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