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Nutritional quality of pearl millet and sorghum grain diets and a pearl millet weanling food



Nutritional quality of pearl millet and sorghum grain diets and a pearl millet weanling food



Nutrition Reports International 31(2): 287-298



During the early wk of rat-feeding, vitamin- and mineral-supplemented pearl millet was a more efficient and more digestible feed and produced higher weight gains than similarly supplemented sorghum grain. Addition of calcium carbonate to pearl millet significantly improved its performance compared to unsupplemented grain and resulted in weight gains equivalent to those obtained by feeding grain sorghum supplemented with complete vitamin and mineral mixtures. The nutritional quality of a pearl millet weanling food, developed by the food research group at the Institut de Technologie Alimentaire in Dakar, Senegal, was evaluated and found to be equivalent to casein in feed efficiency, digestibility, weight gain, and protein efficiency ratio. Thyroid colloid follicles were somewhat enlarged in rats fed the weanling food, but serum thyroid hormone concentrations were normal.

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