Effect of guar korma meal in new zealand white doe rabbits diets on productive and physiolqgical performance

Abstract: This study was conducted to investigate the effect of inclusion of guar korma (Gyamopsis tetragonloba L.) meal (GKM) in New Zealand white (NZW) does rabbit diets on productive and physiological performance during gestation and lactation period and growth performance of weanings. A total number of forty multi-parious does 8-12 month old were distributed to five experimental treatments. Does were fed different inclusion levels of GKM being: 0.0 (control), 2.5, 5.0, 7.5 and 10.0%. Does were naturally inseminated and housed separately in individual wired-cages. All animals were kept under the same management and hygienic conditions. Also, the effect of this treatments on live body weight, feed intake for does (after gestation and lactation period), milk yield, litter size, litter weight (weekly), feed cost and some blood parameters were recorded. Results indicated that feeding 5.0 % GKM significantly increased feed intake during gestation and lactation period, while feeding 7.5 and 10.0% GKM diets resulted in inferior feed intake. Does fed on 5.0 % GKM recorded significantly the highest milk yield during four weeks of lactation compared with other groups. Litter size at birth and weaning were significantly higher in the control and 5.0% GKM groups than those fed 2.5, 7.5 and 10.0% GKM groups Litter weights at birth and corresponding litter weight gains and through 4-week lactation period were increased with dietary GKM 5.0% while it decreased in the rest of treatments. Total protein, albumin, globulin and glucose concentrations were increased with feeding on 5.0% GKM diet compared with other treatments, while control showed the highest concentration of tryglycerides, total cholesterol, high density lipoprotein (HDL), and low density lipoprotein (LDL) in plasma. Adding the GKM to doe rabbits diet did not after transaminase (aspartate aminotransferase, AST and alanine aminotransferase, ALT) activity. The lowest feeding cost per weaned rabbits was achieved with 5.0% GKM group compared with other treatments.
Based on the overall obtained results it could be recommend to include guar korma meal in doe-rabbits diet up to 5.0% of the diet without negative effect on performance during gestation and lactation periods also saving cost of feeding with 5.0% GKM
Key word: Guar Korma Meal, Doe Rabbits, Gestation, Lactation Blood Parameters.
Publication year 2016
Pages 1- 19
Availability location معهد بحوث الانتاج الحيوانى- شارع نادى الصيد- دقى- جيزة
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serial title Egyptian Journal of Rabbit Science
ISSN 1110-2594
Author(s) from ARC
Agris Categories Animal feeding
Blood composition. Lactation. Pregnancy. Rabbits.
Proposed Agrovoc Guar Korma;
Publication Type Journal