Effect of the total or partial replacement of soya meal by Vicia benghalensis on the digestibility, cecotrophy and nitrogen balance in adult rabbits

 Luisa F. Cunha, J.P.B. Freire

Abstract

An experiment on the effect of introduction of Vicia benghalensis in rabbit diets, on the digestibility and nitrogen metabolism, was carried out on 24 New-2ealand does allocated to 3 treatments of 8.The diet 1 is essentially composed of soya meal as nitrogen source. In the diet 2 and 3, Vicia benghalensis is used in place of soya at 20 % and 40 % of the whole diet respectively. The apparent nitrogen digestibility decreased of 2 to 5 points for the diets 2 and 3 respectively (P<0,01). The daily excretion of nitrogen in faeces increased by 30 % and 40 % in faeces and cecotrophes respectively with the 40 % Vicia benghalensis diet.

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