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Agricultural Science Digest, volume 41 issue 2 (june 2021) : 364-369

Growth Performance and Profitability of Broilers Supplemented with Vermi Meal under Free Range Management System

Marcos E. Bollido
1Northwest Samar State University, Barangay Erenas, San Jorge, Samar, Philippines.
Cite article:- Bollido E. Marcos (2020). Growth Performance and Profitability of Broilers Supplemented with Vermi Meal under Free Range Management System. Agricultural Science Digest. 41(2): 364-369. doi: 10.18805/ag.D-278.
Background: Poultry rearing systems and feeding have been the emphasis of broiler raisers to in able to meet the costumers demand for high-quality products. In this study, free range management have been introduced that allows the birds to enjoy their natural habitat while utilizing vermi meal as supplemented to commercial feeds. 
Method: Evaluated the growth performance and profitability of broilers fed with different levels of vermi meal. Treatments represent T1- 100% Commercial Feeds (CF), T2- 2% Vermi Meal (VM)+98% CF, T3- 3% VM+97% CF, T4- 5% VM+95% CF. Treatment means having significant differences were subjected to Least Significant Difference at 5 % level of significance.
Result: Vermi meal did not influenced the weight gain, feed intake, feed consumption and dressing percentage of broiler chicken. However numerically, final weight and weight gain in T4 containing 5% VM was higher than T1 with commercial feed a difference of 66. 66 grams and 67.60 grams respectively. Birds of T4 with 5% inclusion of vermi meal showed higher in most parameters compared to the group fed with commercial feed. Consequently, 5% level of vermi meal had an optimum result in final weight, gain weight, feed conversion ratio, feed consumption, live weight and carcass weight.
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