P. K. Bharti, M. H. Khan, Champak Barman, G. Kadirvel, Suresh Kumar, R. Basumatary, S. Doley and G. Khargharia
The present experiment was conducted at Rabbit Farm, Division of Livestock Production, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam (Meghalaya) with thirty Soviet Chinchilla (SC) rabbits (at two months of age) in order to assess their growth, feed efficiency and health performances after feeding them with different levels of locally available cole crop leaves. The experiment was conducted for a period of 90 days and the animals were randomly divided in to five groups consisting 6 in each. The respective groups were designated as Control (C), Treatment-1 (T-1), Treatment-2 (T-2), Treatment-3 (T-3) and Treatment-4 (T-4), respectively. The animals of control & T-1, T-2, T- 3 and T-4 groups were fed with concentrate feed mixture & cole crop leaves, respectively during the study period. It can be concluded from the present experiment that overall body weight gain was found to be significantly higher (P<0.05) in control group than T-4 group; however it was not significant with T-1, T-2, and T-3. Feeding cost per kg weight gain was higher in control followed by T-1, T-2, T-3 and T-4 groups. Growth performance and feed efficiency was found to be highest in T-2 group, thus inclusion level of cole leaves up to 30 percent could be more beneficial in terms of feeding cost for rearing the broiler rabbits among the poor farmers.
Keyword: Cole crop leaves, concentrate feed, rabbit, Soviet Chinchilla;