Growth Performance of Broilers Fed with Vermi Meal Under Free-Range Management

Marcos E. Bollido
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This study was conducted to evaluate the growth performance and profitability of broilers chicken fed with different level of vermi meal. Different treatments represent as T1- 100% Commercial Feeds (CF) or control, T2- 2% Vermi Meal (VM)+98% CF, T3- 3% VM+97% CF, T4- 5% VM+95% CF. The study showed particularly on weight gain, feed intake, feed consumption and dressing percentage of broiler chicken did not influenced with vermi meal supplementation. However, numerically, final weight and weight gain in T4 contains 5% VM was higher than T1 with commercial feeds a difference of 66. 66 grams and 67.60 grams respectively. The different levels of vermi meal, though they didn’t have significant difference to each other, the 5% level of vermi meal was higher in numerical value compared to commercial feeds in terms of final weight, weight gain, feed conversion ratio, feed consumption, live weight and carcass weight. Consequently, 5% level of vermi meal had an optimum result in final weight, gain weight, feed conversion ratio, feed consumption, live weight and carcass weight. The higher concentration of vermi meal supplementation has the higher cost in production, due to expensive imported vermi meal.
Growth, Performance, Broilers, Free Range, Vermi Meal.
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