Comparatively evaluate the effect of supplementing commercial balanced feed (BCF) with mataratón (Gliricidia sepium) foliage and palm-press fiber (Elaeis guineensis) on the bromatologic composition of rabbit meat. Materials and methods. The meat samples studied came from a previous research which used a randomized block design with three treatments (diets) and three replications (blocks) with three replays by replication sampling where 27 hybrid male rabbits during their post weaning growth period, were used in three treatments: control (T0), animals supplied only with BCF, and two supplemented treatments with mataratón foliage and palm-press fiber at 30 and 10% (T1), and 10 and 30% (T2) proportions, respectively, in order to compare the nutritional value of the different diets. Results. The evaluation of meat samples from different animals in the treatments showed that the bromatological composition of the meat was not significantly affected by the supplementation (p>0.05) for humidity (70.77 to 72.42%), protein (19.08 to 20.34%), ash (1.53 to 1.68%), and lipid (6.48 to 7.23%) contents; indicating that, regardless of the diet used, supplementing CBF with mataraton/palm-press fiber or not, the rabbit meats obtained are nutritionally identical. Conclusions. Based on the results, it is suggested that the foliage of mataraton and palm-press fiber may be an alternative, as a tropical agronomic resource, in the rabbit meat production for human consumption.
Auristela Malave, A., Luis Córdova, R., Arlene García, R., & Jesús Méndez, N. (2013). Composición bromatológica de la carne de conejos suplementados con mataratón y cachaza de palma aceitera. Revista MVZ Cordoba, 18(2), 3452–3458. https://doi.org/10.21897/rmvz.167