Volume : 2, Issue : 2, FEB 2016

ASSESSMENT OF TESTICULAR TRAITS OF UDA RAMS FED GRADED LEVELS OF PARKIA BIGLOBOSA (AFRICAN LOCUST BEAN) FRUIT PULP IN DRY SUB-HUMID ZONE OF NIGERIA

N. Muhammad, K. M. Aljameel, S. A. Maigandi, I. A. Abubakar

Abstract

An experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of varying levels of Parkia biglobosa yellow pulp on the performance of Uda rams. The animals were fed diets containing 0, 10, 20 and 30% inclusion levels of P. biglobosa yellow pulp in a completely randomised experimental design replicated four times. Data were collected for 12 consecutive weeks on rectal temperature, and testicular traits. Result indicated no significant difference between the treatments on all the testicular parameters (P>0.05). However, there were significant difference in rectal temperature (P<0.05). It was concluded that the yellow fruit pulp of Parkia biglobosa could be incorporated up to a level of 30% in the diet of sheep without deleterious effect to the productive and physiological functions of the animals.

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Testicular traits, Uda Rams, Parkia biglobosa, fruit pulp

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