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Medicinal response of broiler chickens to diets containing neem (Azadirachta indica) leaf meal, Haematology and meat sensory analysis

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dc.contributor.author Bonsu, F.R.K
dc.contributor.author Kagya-Agyemang, J.K
dc.contributor.author Kwenin, W.K.J
dc.contributor.author Zanu, H.K
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-02T08:33:05Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-02T08:33:05Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.other 10.5829/idosi.wasj.2012.19.06.827
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.uew.edu.gh/xmlui/handle/123456789/442
dc.description Published at World Applied Sciences Journal en_US
dc.description.abstract The medicinal response, haematological parameters and meat sensory analysis of broilers to diets containing neem leaf meal (NLM) were studied in an 8-week trial. The experiment was in two phases: growing chicks phase (0-3 week) and finisher phase (4-8 weeks). In phase I, a total of 400 day-old unsexed cobb hybrid broiler chicks were randomly allotted in equal numbers to 4 treatments. Forty five chicks from each treatment were wing tagged to form 3 replicates of 15 chicks each. In phase 2, 180 birds were allotted to the 4-treatments which had 3 replicates made up of 15 birds each in a Completely Randomized Design (CRD). Four starter diets and finisher diets were formulated to contain the NLM at 0%, 1.5%, 2.0% and 2.5% dietary levels and were fed ad libitum in phases 1 and 2 respectively. Results showed that feed intake in both phases were not significantly (P>0.05) influenced by inclusion of the NLM in the diets. Body weight gain was significantly (P<0.05) depressed in birds fed the NLM diets when compared with the control which adversely affected the conversion efficiency ratio. The NLM inclusion controlled coccidiosis, worm infestation and respiratory infections effectively in those birds fed the NLM diets compared with the control. Carcass characteristics were not significantly (P>0.05) influenced by the NLM although mild bitter taste was sensed in the 2.5% inclusion level when the meat was not salted. The general haematological data was not significantly (P>0.05) influenced by the NLM. However, white blood cells (WBC) were significantly (P<0.05) higher in the control compared with those birds fed the NLM diets. Total profit was relatively higher for birds fed the NLM diets when compared with the control diet. It was concluded that NLM can be a good herbal medicine for broiler production aside its nutritional importance. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Antimicrobial resistance; Chemical-free production; Herbal medicine; Neem leaf meal en_US
dc.title Medicinal response of broiler chickens to diets containing neem (Azadirachta indica) leaf meal, Haematology and meat sensory analysis en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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