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Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology
Year : 2005, Volume : 5, Issue : 1
First page : ( 31) Last page : ( 38)
Print ISSN : 0972-2963.

Supplementation of Carribean Stylo Hay and Subabul Leaf Meal to Buffel Grass Hay for Sheep

Pailan G.H.*, Verma N.C., Sharma D.K., Gupta J.N.

Plant Animal Relationship Division Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute Jhansi-284 003, India

*Reprint request: Dr. G.H. Pailan, Tel: + 91-517-2483504; Fax: + 91-517-2730833; E-mail: ghpailan@igfri.up.nic.in

Received:  10  November,  2003.

Abstract

A study was conducted to evaluate the effect of supplementation of Carribean stylo (Stylosanthes hamatd) hay and Subabul (Leucaena leucocephala) leaf meal to buffel grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) hay based diet on intake, digestibility and utilization of nutrients in sheep. Fifteen adult Jalauni sheep (29.15 ± 1.05 kg), divided into three groups of five each were fed on either buffel grass hay (T1) or buffel grass and stylo hay (50:50; T2) or buffel grass, stylo hay and subabul leaf meal (40:40:20; T3) ad libitum for a period of 30 days. The chemical composition of the composite diets in terms of CP, EE, Ca and P content were higher for T2 and T3 diets than T1 diet. Supplementation of different levels of legume hay and leaf meal to grass-based diets increased DCP and TDN intake as well as digestibility of DM, OM, CP, NDF and ADF. Significantly higher (P<0.01) N and Ca retention was also recorded in T2 and T3 diets than in T1 diet. The results indicated that supplementation of stylo hay and subabul leaf meal to buffel grass hay-based diet improved the nutrient utilization in sheep.

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Key words

Legume hay, Leaf meal, Supplemenation, Nutrient utilization, Sheep.

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