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Indian Journal of Small Ruminants (The)
Year : 2012, Volume : 18, Issue : 2
First page : ( 261) Last page : ( 263)
Print ISSN : 0971-9857. Online ISSN : 0973-9718.

Nutritional evaluation of NB-21 hybrid napier grass for goats

Chandra R.*, Chatlod L.R., Kumar S., Toppo S., Haque N., Rahman H.

ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Tadong, Gangtok-737 102, Sikkim

*E-mail address: drchandraicar@yahoo.co.in

Online published on 13 September, 2012.

Summary

NB-21 variety of hybrid Napier (21.12% DM) was evaluated for proximate composition and nutrient utilization in goats. The fodder contained 11.62, 2.45, 64.67, 41.51, 0.49, and 0.17% of CP, EE, NDF, ADF, Ca, and P, respectively. Daily dry matter intake of goats was 270±7.17 g. DCP and TDN content of the fodder was 7.10 and 52.25%, respectively. The feeding of sole green fodder maintained the goats in positive nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus balance. NB-21 variety of hybrid Napier grass meets the digestible crude protein requirement of the goats for maintenance. Supplementary feed may be offered to bridge the deficit in energy requirement.

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Keywords

Body weight, Hybrid Napier grass, Nutritive value, Sikkim local goat.

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