Evaluation Of Corn Steep Liquor As A Supplementary Feed For Fingerlings

- May 25, 2020-

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The effects of corn steep liquor (CSL), a by-product of corn starch industry, in the fish diet at 25% (D1), 50% (D2) and 75% (D3) replacement of fish meal are investigated on the growth of  fingerlings. Formulated feeds were iso-nitrogenous (39% crude protein) and iso-energetic (15.8 kJ/g). The CSL is found to be rich in protein (43.48%), lactic acid (21%) and minerals and is free from fibres, phytic acid and trypsin inhibitors. The sulphur amino acid content of CSL is found to be 2.43%, though it is deficient in lysine (0.73%). With diets D1 and D2, growth performance and feed efficiency in terms of weight gain, specific growth rate (SGR), feed intake, feed conversion ratio (FCR) and protein efficiency ratio (PER) as well as apparent digestibility (APD and ALD) were higher when compared to CD. With diet D3, they were similar to CD. Up to 50% level of CSL in the diets (D1 and D2), the protein and lipid contents of carcass were significantly higher (P < 0.05) when compared to CD. The digestive enzyme activities are found to be similar in all the diet groups. The findings suggest that in the diet of rohu, fish meal can be replaced up to 75% level with CSL without hampering the growth of the fishes. The CSL appear to be a better plant protein source as partial replacement of fish meal.