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Indian Journal of Animal Nutrition
Year : 2006, Volume : 23, Issue : 3
First page : ( 175) Last page : ( 178)
Print ISSN : 0970-3209. Online ISSN : 2231-6744.

Performance of rabbits fed buckwheat grain and soybean fodder based feeding regime

Gupta J. J.*, Bordoloi R. K., Reddy P. B., Das A., Doley S.

ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya-793103, India

*Corresponding author guptajj@rediffmail.com

Received:  3  July,  2006.

Abstract

Two sets of feeding experiments were conducted in rabbits to assess buckwheat and soybean fodder based feeding regime. In first experiment, control mash ration (T1) and test rations containing buckwheat 36.0 (T2) and 78.5 (T3) per cent respectively were prepared and fed ad-lib to grower rabbits once in the morning. In the evening, freshly cut soybean fodder was offered to all rabbits in ad-lib. In the second experiment, a concentrate mash ration containing 17.74% CP was prepared and provided to adult rabbits @ 60 (T1) and 30 (T2) g/d/animal and fresh soybean fodder was offered ad-lib to both the groups. The T3 group rabbit was offered only soybean fodder ad-lib.

There were no significant differences in growth rate, DM intake and FCR values in grower rabbits fed either control or buckwheat based test diets. The DM and fiber digestibility were higher (P<0.01) in rabbits fed T3 diet. In all the groups of second experiment, DM, protein and fiber intakes were similar. Daily gain in body weight of rabbit reduced significantly (P<0.01) as the level of fodder intake increased beyond 70% of total DM intake with significant increase in DM and fiber digestibility. DE of the ration decreased significantly in T3. It was concluded that grower rabbit could be maintained on buckwheat-full fat roasted soybean based ration without any adverse effect on growth and nutrient utilization. Further, soybean fodder could be utilized up to 60 per cent of total DM intake during grower stage and can be used as maintenance ration as a sole feed during adult stage.

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Keywords

Buckwheat, Soybean fodder, Growth, Nutrient digestibility, Rabbit.

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