Title: NUTRITIONAL EVALUATION OF SICKLE POD (CASSIA TORA) SEED MEAL IN BROILER DIE
Authors: Esther Assam, Eugenes Ndelekwute and Anthony Okonkwo
Abstract: Raw Cassia toraseed meal was assessed to determine its nutritional value using 200 Marshal broilers. Five dietswere formulated so that diet1 (control)contained no C. tora.Diets2 – 5 contained 2.5, 5.0, 7.5 and 10.0% respectively at starter and finisher phases. Each treatment was replicated four times containing 10 birds in completely randomized design (CRD). Starter diet was fed from week 1 – week 4 while finisher diet was given from week 5 – week 8ad libitum. The seed meal contained low crude protein and high nitrogen extract. It contained tannins, saponins, phytate and hydrogen cyanide. At the starter phase and overall, 7.5 and 10.0% levels reduced live weight, feed intake, and produced poor feed: gain ratio. There were no significant differences between the control, 2.5 and 5.0% in all the parameters mentioned. In conclusion of 5.0% raw C. tora seed meal could in broiler diets is advocated.