Growth Performance, Sperm Quality and Testicular Morphometry of Buck Rabbits Fed Dietary Levels of Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo L) Leaf Meal
A study was conducted to determine growth performance, sperm quality and testicular morphometry of buck rabbits fed dietary levels of Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo L) leaf meal. Thirty (30) buck rabbits mixed breeds between the aged 11 - 12 weeks; weighing 950±0.25 were used for the study. The buck rabbits were randomly assigned into five dietary treatments, designated as T1, T2 T3 T4 and T5 containing 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20% of pumpkin leaf meal respectively. Feed and water were offered ad libitum throughout the experimental period (52 days). At the end of the study period, three buck rabbits per treatment were sacrificed; internal organs and reproductive parts were carefully dissected and grouped. Internal organs were weighed and testicular morphometry and cauda epididymal sperm characteristics were determined. The result showed that growth performance, testicular morphometry and sperm characteristics as well as the internal organ weights of the buck rabbits were not significantly (P> 0.05) effected by the dietary inclusion of pumpkin leaf in the diets. It can be concluded that pumpkin leaf meal can be included up to 20% in a buck rabbit diets without negative effect on testicular morphometry, sperm quality and internal weight organs of buck rabbits.
Performance, Morphometry, Sperm Quality, Buck Rabbit, Internal Organ Weight
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