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The Formulation of Cattle’s Rumen Content and Sludge Fermented with Cellulomonas sp. as Rabbit Feed

The Formulation of Cattle’s Rumen Content and Sludge Fermented with Cellulomonas sp. as Rabbit Feed

Sony A.E. Moningkey1*, Ronny A.V. Tuturoong1, Ingriet D.R. Lumenta1 and Nova L.I.M. Ogi2

1Department of Animal Feed and Nutrition, Faculty of Animal Husbandry, Sam Ratulangi University, Jl. Kampus UNSRAT, Bahu, Manado, North Sulawesi 95115, Indonesia
2Department of Biology, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, Manado State University, Jl. Raya Tondano, Koya, Tondano Sel., Minahasa, North Sulawesi 95618, Indonesia
 
* Corresponding author: sonnymoningkey@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

This study aimed to determine the level of rumen content and sludge mixture fermented with Cellulomonas sp. in the complete feed composition to optimize the rabbit’s performance, weight increment, and food conversion. The study used 30 calf male rabbits strain New Zealand White (8–11 weeks old, 435-1,037 g). The feed consisted of fermented rumen content sludge mixture (FRCSM), and other feed materials, such as corn, coconut cake, pollard, bran, sugar drops and minerals. Rabbits were given complete feed with following treatment: R0 = feed without FRCSM, R1 = feed with 10% FRCSM, R2 = feed with 20% FRCSM, R3 = feed with 30% FRCSM, and R4 = feed with 40% FRCSM. The results showed that the highest feed consumption and weight increment were found in the R3 group by 60.5 g/individual/day and 17.8 g/individual/day, respectively. However, the R3 group exhibited the lowest food conversion (p<0.05) compared to another group. It was indicated that the R3 group was a more efficient feed. Feed with 30% Cellulomonas sp.-fermented rumen content and sludge mixture (FRCSM) was an ideal feed composition for the rabbit to increase consumption and body weight increment and reduce food conversion.

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

February

Vol. 55, Iss. 1, Pages 1-500

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