Research Article - Research and Reports on Genetics (2018) Volume 2, Issue 1
Growth performance, haematological and biochemical profile of sheep fed mango kernel meal (MKM) based diets.
The study was carried out to investigate the effect of mango (Mangifera indica) kernel meal (MKM) based diets on the growth performance, haematological and biochemical parameters of sheep. Performance of sixteen yearling West African Dwarf rams were evaluated using rice straw as basal diet and four diets of mango kernel meal (MKM, 0, 50, 75 and 100%) as concentrate supplements based diets. The four diets (T0, T50, T75 and T100) were fed in a completely randomized design with four replicates to the ram at 2% of body weight, while the rice straw was fed ad-libitum daily. As a follow up, blood parameters were screened to identify any ill effects of MKM on the health status of the animal. There were no significant (P>0.05) differences in the performance of the animals fed the four diets. The haematological indices of these animals were within the normal range of sheep as reported by researchers. The biochemical indices were also within the normal range. These are indications of no deleterious effect of MKM on the health of the animals. It is thus concluded that MKM can be included in the diets of yearling West African Dwarf rams without any detrimental effect on the haematology and biochemical profile of sheep.Author(s): Abel IO, Winifred PM, John AA