T. S. Olugbemi, I. A. Shobanke, M. O. Orunmuyi, O. M. Daudu


A 56 day feeding trial involving 20 weaned rabbits of mixed breeds and sexes was conducted to evaluate the effect of maxigrain supplementation on the performance and carcass characteristics of rabbits fed boiled maize husk.   The rabbits with an average initial weight of about 636gm were assigned to one of 4 treatments; Trt 1(rice offal + 0% maxigrain), Trt 2 (maize husk + 0% maxigrain), Trt 3 (maize husk + 0.1% maxigrain) and Trt 4 (maize husk + 0.2% maxigrain).  Maize husk was used to replace rice offal and also supplemented with maxigrain at 0.1% and 0.2% inclusion rate.

Results obtained showed no significant differences (P>0.05) across all treatments when production and carcass parameters were evaluated though inclusion at 0.2% seemed to have some potential.  The outcome of this study is indicative that boiled maize husk could be used as a sole source of fibre in rabbit concentrate diet to replace rice offal while maxigrain supplementation at the adopted levels is of insignificant benefit.  Supplementation with maxigrain at a higher level might however be beneficial.    


Maize husk, Maxigrain, Performance, Carcass

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