Muir et al., 1996. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 8 (1)
Brans are readily available as an agro-industrial byproduct in the tropics: wheat bran commercially and maize bran in rural households. Rabbits fed a mixture of locally available forages were used to compare the efficacy of fattening with wheat bran, maize bran, a mixture of wheat and maize bran and a commercially available rabbit feed. Trials were undertaken in both the hotter rainy season and the cooler dry season.
Mortality and average daily gain (ADG) both indicated that the use of brans was not effective in the rainy season. In the dry season, however, the mixture of maize and wheat bran compared favourably with the commercial feed with 8.3 % mortality and 17.6 g ADG. Mortalities were especially high in the maize treatments in both seasons, 25 % in the cool season and 41.7 % in the rainy season. A toxicity effect from fungus infected maize bran is suspected.