Protein Quantity and Quality for Channel Catfish Feeds
Protein is the most expensive component comprising a catfish feed; thus, a reduction in feed cost can most likely be achieved by either reducing the concentration of dietary protein, by using less expensive plant proteins, or by a combination of these factors. Feedstuffs of animal origin are expensive yet they are generally considered to be essential in catfish feeds. If low-protein, all plant-protein feeds can be developed, considerable savings in feed cost would result. The proposed project will evaluate the effects of varying dietary protein quantity and quality in growout feeds for channel catfish. A combination of soybean meal and cottonseed meal will be used to replace all animal protein in a series of experimental catfish feeds containing either 20, 24, 28, 32, or 36% protein. Each feed will be fed to catfish in 5 replicate 0.04 hectare (0.1 acre) earthen ponds from May to October, 1996. Final weight, weight gain, feed conversion ratio, survival, percentage visceral fat, dressed yield, and proximate composition of edible tissue will be determined.
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Principal Investigator:Dr. Edwin H. Robinson
Delta Western Research Center
P.O. Box 878 Indianola, MS 38751
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