Carcass Composition of West African Dwarf (WAD) Goats Fed Cassava Peel-Based Diets

Christopher Adams Eneji, Godfrey Adokiye Kalio, Oluwatosin Kennedy-Oko


To investigate the effects of cassava peel-based diets on the meat composition of WAD goats, 24 five month-old goats were used for the experiment. Results show that the Dry Matter (DM), Crude Protein (CP) and Nitrogen Free Extract (NFE) content of the meat were not significantly (P>0.05) different. The DM, CP and NFE content ranged from 29.96-30.00%, 89.77-90.43% and 2.00-4.03% respectively. The mineral composition revealed no significant (P>0.05) differences in Iron (Fe), Calcium (Ca), Sodium (Na), Zinc (Zn), Magnesium (Mg), Potassium (K), Phosphorus (P) and Copper (Cu) content. The Fe, Ca, Na, Zn, Mg, K, P and Cu content ranged from 1.95-2.20mg, 23.65 -25.29mg, 72.86-77.05mg, 4.00-4.32mg, 55.65-57.83mg and 1.62-1.73mg respectively. From the results, it appears that cassava peels supplemented with sweet potato foliage could improve the meat composition of WAD goats.


chevon, carcass composition, alternative feed sources, cassava peels

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