Effects of dietary supplement of mulberry leaf (Morus alba) on growth and meat quality in rabbits

DOI: 10.18805/ijar.B-1006    | Article Id: B-1006 | Page : 317-321
Citation :- Effects of dietary supplement of mulberry leaf (Morus alba) on growth and meat quality in rabbits.Indian Journal Of Animal Research.2020.(54):317-321
Q.R. Hou, J. Zhang, T. Chen, W.G. Zhao, L. Li houqr@163.com
Address : College of Biotechnology, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu-212 003, China.
Submitted Date : 13-06-2018
Accepted Date : 5-12-2018


This research evaluated the effects of mulberry leaf in diet on growth and meat quality in rabbits. Five treatment diets were prepared by using a proportion of 0% (CK), 5% (ML5), 10% (ML10), 15% (ML15) and 20% (ML20) mulberry leaf powder (MLP), respectively. Results showed that average daily gain (ADG) in the ML20 group was significantly (P£ 0.05) lower than that in the CK, ML5 and ML10 treatments. Feed conversion ratio (FCR) in the ML20 treatment was significantly (P£ 0.05) higher than that in all other treatments. Most of the carcass characteristics had no significant differences among the five treatments (P>0.05), however, abdominal fat percentage in the four MLP treatments was significantly (P£ 0.05) lower than that in the CK. The L* and a* values in most of MLP treatment samples of longissimus dorsi and hind leg muscles were significantly increased, and the b* value significantly declined than those in the CK (P£ 0.05). Drip loss values in the ML10, ML15 and ML20 group were significantly (P£ 0.05) lower than those in the CK. Moisture, fat and ash contents in the higher MLP level treatments (ML15 and ML20) were significantly (P£ 0.05) lower than those in the CK. In conclusion, MLP for a certain proportion in diet (£ 15%)is greatly valuable for improvement of growth and meat appearance of rabbits, and a high proportion of MLP (e.g. ³ 20%) may impede growth of young rabbits. 


Feed ingredient Growth performance Mulberry leaf Meat colour.


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