SECONDARY PLANT METABOLITES UTILIZATION IN WEST AFRICAN DWARF DOES FED COMBINED LEVELS OF ANDROPOGON GAYANUS (KUNTH) AND GLIRICIDIA SEPIUM (JACQ) WITH CASSAVA OFFAL BASED CONCENTRATE
Ogungbesan A. M.; Eniolorunda O. O.; Fasina O. E. and Taiwo B. B. A.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
Twenty West African Dwarf Does of average weight of 5±0.58 kg aged between 3 and 6 months were used to determine the effect of level of Andropogon gayanus and Gliricidia sepium with cassava offal based diets on secondary plant metabolites digestibility. The five (5) treatments were I (Gs0) 100% Ag + 0% Gs; II (Gs25) 75% Ag +25%Gs; III (Gs50) 50%Ag +50% Gs; IV (Gs 75) 25% Ag+ 75% Gs; V (Gs100) 0% Ag + Gs100. Lowest and highest Saponin, Tannin, Phytate, Oxalate and hydrocyanide (HCN) digestibilities were observed in Gs100 and Gs0 , Gs100 and Gs25, Gs75 and Gs50 , Gs100 and Gs0 as well as Gs100 with Gs75 and Gs0 respectively. No definite pattern of digestibility was established in relation to levels of supplementation but it was evident that goats (does) can accommodate, through degradation of all the allelo chemicals.