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Direct Research Journal of Agriculture and Food Science:Vol.5 (11), pp. 367-374, November 2017
ISSN 2354-4147

Evaluation of Sugar Syrup as a Partial Substitute for Maize in Broilers’ Ration
Article Number: DRJA97232313

Original Research Article

Kiros Abebe1* and Getachew Animut2

1Wollega University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, P.O. Box 38, Shambu, Ethiopia.

2School of Animal and Range Science, Haramaya University, P.O. Box 138, Dire Dawa,   Ethiopia.

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date Received: September 14, 2017     date Accepted: October 11, 2017     date Published: October 17, 2017


A study was conducted to evaluate sugar syrup as a partial substitute for maize on feed consumption, growth rate, feed conversion ratio, carcass yield and economic importance of using sugar syrup in the ration of broilers. Three hundred one day old Hubbard classic chicks were randomly distributed to five treatments each with three replications in CRD with 0, 7, 14, 21, and 28% of maize substituted by sugar syrup for T1, T2, T3, T4, and T5, respectively. The results obtained indicated that there was no significant difference (P>0.05) in DM intake, body weight gain and mortality during the entire growth period. There was significant difference (P<0.05) in feed as well as protein and energy conversion ratio among the treatment groups during the whole growth period. Slaughter weight, eviscerated weight, drumstick-thigh weight and percent as well as breast weight and percent showed non significant difference (P>0.05) among treatments. But significant difference (P<0.05) was observed in eviscerated percentage. Abdominal fat weight and percent was greater for T1 and T2 as compared to T4 and T5. Birds in T4 and T5 score higher chicks’ sale to feed cost than T2, T1 and T3. In summary, increasing the substitution level of sugar syrup for maize increases profit. The study highlighted that sugar syrup could substitute maize up to 28% in formulating broilers’ ration without adverse effect on growth performance.

Key words: Broiler chicken, sugar syrup, maize, substitute