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Development of A Revolving Die and Roller Fish Feed Pelletizer
Theresa K. Kaankuka,David T. Osu
International Journal of Engineering Innovations and Research , 2013,
Abstract: A revolving die and roller type pelletizing machine was designed and constructed to produce fish feed pellets for small scale fish farmers. The major components of the pelletizer were the hopper, rollers, a flat die, shaft, discharge tray, frame, V-belt, V-pulley and electric motor. These components were designed based on strength and rigidity. An electric motor drives the die by a shaft connected to its pulley. The rotation of the die initiates the rotation of the rollers which pick up the feed material and compress it into the die holes to form pellets. The pelletizing machine was tested at two speed levels of 507 and 761 rpm and at three moisture content (MC) levels (wet basis) of 20, 25 and 30 20At 30 0MC, highest pellet output of 34.3 kg/hr and 40.4 kg/hr were obtained for die speeds of 507 and 761 rpm respectively. Higher pellet output obtained from die speed of 761 rpm could be as a result of the production of higher heat which resulted in proper gelatinization of the carbohydrate in the compounded feed. The gelatinized starch acts as a binding agent and this reduces crumbling during pelleting. The small and medium scale fish farmer can operate the machine because of its simplicity and this will alleviate the problem of sourcing for imported fish feed.
Morphometric Traits of Muscovy Ducks from Two Agro Ecological Zones of Nigeria
Yakubu, A.,Kaankuka, FG.,Ugbo, SB.
Tropicultura , 2011,
Abstract: Morphological variation between Muscovy ducks from the guinea savannah and rainforest zones of Nigeria was examined using multivariate discriminant analysis. Data comprised eight morphometric traits measured in a total of 435 adult ducks randomly selected in the two agro-ecological zones. Common descriptive statistics showed that ducks from the rainforest zone had higher (P< 0.05) body weight, foot length and thigh circumference, while their guinea savannah counterparts were longer (P< 0.05) in the neck. Stepwise discriminant analysis indicated that foot length, neck length, thigh circumference and body length were more effective in discriminating between the duck populations. The low Mahalanobis distance of 3.39, as revealed by the canonical discriminant analysis, is an indication of high gene flow between ducks from the two agro-ecological zones. The cluster analysis also revealed the homogeneity of the genetic identity of the duck populations. The present information will be the basis for further characterization, conservation and sustainable genetic improvement strategies for indigenous ducks.
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