Digestibility in vivo of Three Pellets based from Green Fodders, Products and by-products of Maize to the Grasscutter (Thryonomys Swinderianus) in Benin

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F. F. Aïzoun S. C. B. Pomalegni C. D. S. J. Gbemavo A. K. I. Youssao S. Farougou G. A. Mensah

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The study for evaluation purpose in vivo digestibility of three types of pellets based on green fodders, products and by-products maize and other food ingredients in the grasscutters. 24 grasscutters aged 7 months were used and divided into three groups of 8 animals. Grasscutter individually installed into digestibility cages were fed with three experimental feed pellets. During this test the average food consumption are varied to 44.24 ± 2.04 g at 65.17 ± 2.78 g. The apparent digestive utilisation coefficient in percentage for dry matter was 85.24 ± 0.01 for the pellet 1.79.84 ± 0.01 for pellet 2 and 84.05 ± 0.01 for the pellet 3. The digestibility of crude protein was valued at 92.53 ± 0.08% for the pellet 1, 85.03 ± 0.06% for the pellet 2 and 88.67 ± 0.02% for the pellet 3. The apparent digestive utilisation coefficient of the crude fiber was 78.94 ± 0.13%, 74.09 ± 0.12% and 75.48 ± 0.23 % respectively for the pellet 1, pellet 2 and pellet 3. A significant difference was observed between the apparent digestive utilisation coefficient of dry matter, crude protein and crude fiber for the three pellets (p<0.05). The pellet 1 is most digested by grass-cutters.

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AÏZOUN, F. F. et al. Digestibility in vivo of Three Pellets based from Green Fodders, Products and by-products of Maize to the Grasscutter (Thryonomys Swinderianus) in Benin. Journal of Animal Production Advances, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 1, p. 1049-1056, jan. 2017. ISSN 2251-7677. Available at: <http://grjournals.com/index.php/JAPA/article/view/411>. Date accessed: 23 oct. 2017.
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