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Indian Journal of Animal Nutrition
Year : 1994, Volume : 11, Issue : 3
First page : ( 149) Last page : ( 154)
Print ISSN : 0970-3209. Online ISSN : 2231-6744.

Effect of Replacement of Groundnut Cake Protein by Leucaena Leaf Meal on Milk Production Performance in Goats During Early Lactation

Rai S.N., Walli T.K., Srivastava Arun, Verma G.S.*

Division of Dairy Cattle Nutrition, National Dairy Research Institute, Kanal-132 001, India

*Division of Dairy Cattle Breeding

Online published on 29 December, 2011.

Received:  23  August,  1994.


Twelve laetrtiag crossbred (Alpine x Beetai) goats divided into two equal groups were fed on control and experimental diets. In experimental diet ground-nut cake is concentrate mixtare was totally replaced by Leucaema leaf meal (LLM) but both the diets having green oats as roughage were isoproteineous and isocaloric. Both tte groups were able to maintain body weights on the respective diets during 98 d experimental period under identical conditions. The DM intake through concentrate and forage was similar from the two diets over a period of 7 fortnights. The average DM intake was 3.24 and 3.41 kg/100 kg body weight in control and experimental groups, respectively. The difference in total milk production as well as milk yield/d remained significantly higher (P<0.01) in experimental diet over control with out influencing the milk composition. However, the yield of milk components i.e. TS (P<9.05), SNF (P<0.01) and protein (P<0.01) were higher in experimental group over the control. The lead conversion efficiency (DMI/kg milk) was also significantly higher (P<0.01) In experimental group than control, resulting in a saving of Rs. 1123.71 during g period of 98 d (Rs. 1.91/d/anim.). It was concluded that LLM can be used as sole protein replacement for cakes in the ration for economical milk production in lactating goatt fed on green eats as fodder.


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