M. A. BELEWU, D. J. OLOGUNLA and K. Y. BELEWU
Microbila Biotechnology and Diary Science Laboratory, Dept. of Animal Production, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
BELEWU, M. A., D. J. OLOGUNLA and K. Y. BELEWU, 2004. Effect of yeast culture (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) on feed intake and digestibility coefficient of West African dwarf goat fed sawdust-cassava waste based diet. Bulg. J. Agric. Sci., 10: 239–242
A total of 15 West African dwarf (WAD) goats were divided into three groups of 5 each to study the effect of yeast culture (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) on feed intake and digestibility coefficient in goat. At the onset of the trial the goat average 6 kg in weight were randomized against the experimental diets in a completely randomized design model. The basic rations for the control and the treatment groups were the same, and the treatment groups were fed 3 g (B) and 4 g (C) of living yeast culture per day for 100 days. The results showed that feeding yeast culture can increase daily consumption (g/d) of dry matter, crude protein, crude fibre, ether extract, acid detergent fibre, neutral detergent fibre, lignin and hemicellulose. Also, yeast culture can increase the digestibility of crude fibre, crude protein, acid detergent fibre, neutral detergent fibre and lignin. Yeast culture supplementation of the diet lead to increase of digestible nutrient intake (P < 0.05) compare of the control diet. It is obvious from this study, that yeast culture supplementation of the goat diet has a favourable effect on feed intake and digestibility coefficient.