Effect of Moringa oleifera Supplementation on Acceptability and Nutrient Utilization of Goats Fed Mango Seed Kernels.

M. I. Okoruwa, E. Omoragbon, A. Obiku


Twenty four growing goats with mean body weight of 8.00 ± 0.45kg were fed mango seed kernel meals with Moringa oleifera  supplementation on to asses their acceptability and energy with nitrogen utilization. Goats were assigned to three dietary treatments in a completely randomized design with eight goats per treatment. The three compared treatment diets were: A (45% of raw mango seed kernel), B (45% of soaked mango seed kernel) and C (45% of parboiled mango seed kernel). Concentrate of 45% was added to each of the experimental diet, while each goat received 8 grams of Moringa oleifera as supplement in their respective diets. The results indicated that, diet A was significantly (P < 0.05) highest in gross energy intake (15.23MJ/kg), faecal energy output (4.59MJ/kg), total energy output (6.25MJ/kg) and faecal nitrogen output (4.02g/day) compared to diets B and C. Mean dry matter intake (3.09kgDM), coefficient of preference (3.98), digestible energy intake (12.22MJ/kg), metabolizable energy intake (11.01MJ/kg), nitrogen balance (12.37g/day) and nitrogen retention (81.17%) were significantly (p < 0.05) best in diet C compared to other treatment diets. Significant difference (P > 0.05) did not occur in nitrogen intake and urinary nitrogen output among the treatment diets. It was concluded that parboiled mango seed kernels and concentrate with Moringa oleifera supplementation ( diet C) has the potential to improve acceptability and enhance energy with nitrogen utilization for goats.

Keywords: Mango seed, Moringa oleifera, acceptability, nutrient utilization, goats.


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