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FIRST PUBLICATION, JUNE 2013. The Bioscientist. Vol. 1

The Bioscientist: Vol. 1(1):106-108, May, 2013.
Available online at http://www.bioscientistjournal.com
Ufele et al., 2013 Page 106

The Effects of Drumstick Tree (Moringa oleifera) Leaf Meal on the Average Weight
Gain of Domestic Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus).

Ufele, A. N., Ebenebe, C. I., Igwe, I. I., Mogbo, T. C., Akunne, E. C. and Aziagba, B. O.

*Corresponding author’s E-mail ufeleangel@yahoo.com


A study was conducted to evaluate the effect of Moringa oleifera leaf meal on the weight gain of
weaner rabbits. Three diets were formulated; Diet one (T1) which contained neither soya bean
meal nor Moringa leaf meal served as the control diet. Diet two (T2) contained soya bean meal
without Moringa leaf meal, while diet three (T3) contained Moringa leaf meal without soya bean
meal. Thirty-six rabbits of 40 days old were used for the study with each treatment cage
containing four rabbits of average weight of 480g per rabbit. There was significant difference
(P<0.05) among all the treatments in average weight gain (256.25g, 365.00g and 483.75g)
respectively. T3 had the highest percentage (81.48%) followed by T2 (78.95%) with the least
being T1 (52.69%). No mortality was recorded during the experimental period. The study
revealed that diet three, T3 (20% Moringa oleifera leaf meal) is rich in nutrients. It also showed
that the Moringa oleifera leaf meal could be used as total replacement for soybean meal in rabbit
diet without any adverse effect on the weight gained. It also showed that rabbits cannot perform
well when fed only millet mash residue without supplemental protein source.

Key words: Moringa oleifera, weaner Oryctolagus cuniculus, weight, and leaf meal.

© 2013. Journal of Faculty of Biosciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University,

P. M. B. 5025 Awka, Nigeria.

email: thebioscientist@unizik.edu.ng



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