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Agriculture & Food, Volume 2, 2014

PERFORMANCE, PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETERS AND SLAUGHTER CHARACTERISTICS IN GROWING RABBITS AS AFFECTED BY A HERBAL FEED ADDITIVES (DIGESTAROM)
A. M. Abd-El-Hady
Pages: 353-365
Published: 1 Jun 2014
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Abstract: The present study was conducted to a herbal feed additives (digestarom) supplementation effects on Performance, physiological parameters and slaughter characteristics of growing rabbits. Forty-five, unsexed V-Line weaned rabbits, at 4 weeks of age with an average initial weight (530 gm) were randomly divided to three groups (15 each). First group was fed the basal diet (control) and the other groups were fed the control diet supplemented with 300 and 400 gm digestarom/ ton feed. The experimental period extended for 5 weeks. Results showed that dietary supplementation with digestarom showed the highest live body weight, body weight gain, caecal activity, carcass weight, dressing and liver percentages. Weekly feed conversion ratio was improvement with the increasing digestarom levels. The experimental additives significantly increased hemoglobin and red blood cells count.
Keywords: herbal additives, digestarom, blood constituents, caecum microbial counts, carcass traits, growth performance, rabbit
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