Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 53 issue 5 (may 2019) : 628-633

Effect of dietary Moringa oleifera seed meal inclusion on performance and carcass quality of female Ross 308 broiler chickens

Jones Wilfred Ng’ambi, Lephai S. Molepo, Muzi Mandla Ginindza
1Department of Agricultural Economics and Animal Production, University of Limpopo, P/Bag X1106, Sovenga 0727, South Africa
Cite article:- Ng’ambi Wilfred Jones, Molepo S. Lephai, Ginindza Mandla Muzi (2017). Effect of dietary Moringa oleifera seed meal inclusion on performance and carcass quality of female Ross 308 broiler chickens. Indian Journal of Animal Research. 53(5): 628-633. doi: 10.18805/ijar.B-712.
The objective of this study was to determine the effect of decorticated Moringa oleifera seed meal inclusion level on productivity and meat characteristics of female Ross 308 broiler chickens aged 21 to 42 days. The chickens were fed ad libitum isocaloric and isonitrogenous diets but with differing seed meal inclusion levels of 0 (M0), 5 (M5), 10 (M10), 15 (M15) and 20 (M20) g/kg DM, in a complete randomized design. Seed meal inclusion had no effect (P>0.05) on intake, growth and live weight but it improved (P<0.05) nitrogen retention of the chickens. Similarly, seed meal inclusion had no effect (P>0.05) on meat nitrogen, ash, pH and colour but it improved (P<0.05) lipid and energy contents of the meat. The results indicate that meat lipids, energy, polyunsaturated fatty acids, tenderness, juiciness and flavour were optimized at different seed meal inclusion levels of 11.10, 12.96, 12.67, 7.50, 15.50 and 19.50 g/kg DM, respectively.  
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