Performance characteristics of male wistar rats fed graded levels of stored powdered Corchorus olitorius

Ogungbemi Kunle, S. E. Atawodi, Ishola D. Taiwo, Ishola O. Tomilayo, Ilesanmi F. Funmilayo, Arowora K. Adebisi


Background: This study was carried out to determine the growth performance of rats fed graded levels of Corchorus olitorius supplemented diet.

Methods: Twenty male wistar rats weighing between 70g and 90g were purchased and randomly allocated into four treatment groups with graded levels of Corchorus olitorius ( 2.5%, 5% and 10%) while the control had no Corchorus olitorius. The feed intakes as well as weight change of the experimental rats were monitored for eight weeks.  

Results: The results obtained showed that the highest level of weekly feed intake and feed efficiency were recorded for animals in group fed 10% level of Corchorus olitorius supplementation when compared to other treatment groups. Similar result was observed for the weight change which can be attributed to the efficient utilization of feed consumption.

Conclusions: Therefore, it can be concluded that leaves of Corchorus olitorius are palatable and highly nutritious and can improve growth performance of rats when fed for eight weeks. 


Corchorus olitorius, Feed intake, Feed efficiency, Weight performance, Wistar rat

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