Efficiency of Centella asiatica (Gotu kola) leaf meal as feed additive in broiler chicken diets

Efficiency of Centella asiatica (Gotu kola) leaf meal as feed additive in broiler chicken diets

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Journal/Publisher: Nigeria Journal Animal Production.

Volume/Edition: 47

Language: English

Pages: 123 - 130

Abstract

The use of conventional supplements as feed additives has been criticized for their potential negative impact on the food chain hence, the need for viable organic alternatives. Centella asiatica has been found to contain essential phytochemicals. This study was therefore carried out to evaluate the utilization of dried Centella asiatica leaf meal (CALM) as phytogenic feed additive in broiler chicken diet. A total of 180, one-day-old Arbor acre broiler chicks were randomly allocated to six dietary treatment groups with thirty birds, at three replicates of ten chicks per replicate. Experimental diets included control basal diet + 0?LM (T1), basal diet + antibiotics (T2). T3, T4, T5 and T6 were basal diet + 3%, 4%, 5% and 6?LM respectively. Experiment was designed using completely randomized design. Feeding trial was carried out for 49 days. Parameters measured included growth performance and carcass characteristics. All data were subjected to analysis of variance using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (version 21) while treatments means were separated using Duncan's multiple range test at P?0.05 level of significance. There were significant differences in final live weight, body weight gain and feed conversion ratio. Birds fed with 4?LM had the highest weight gain (1,683.30g) and feed intakes (3,295.30g), while T3 had the lowest weight gain (1,446.70.30g) and feed intake (3,107.80g). The breast cut showed significant (P<0>


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