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

  •  Christopher Eneji    
  •  Godfrey 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.

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