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Indian Journal of Animal Nutrition
Year : 2015, Volume : 32, Issue : 1
First page : ( 110) Last page : ( 112)
Print ISSN : 0970-3209. Online ISSN : 2231-6744.

Palatability and Nutritive Value of Alpine Pasture in Kashmir Valley

Ahmed H.A.*, Ganai A.M., Afzal Yasir, Reshi P.A., Sheikh Gowher Gul

Division of Animal Nutrition, Faculty of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, SKUAST-Kashmir, Shuhama, Srinagar-190006, J & K, India

*Corresponding author: haidaraa74@gmail.com

Online published on 7 April, 2015.

Abstract

An experiment was conducted to assess the palatability and nutritive value of Alpine pasture of Kashmir Valley by indicator method in Corriedale sheep of about 34.80 kg average body weight. Average DM intake was 3.1% of the body weight. DCP and TDN content of the pasture grass were 13.45 and 68.84%, respectively. Crude fibre, calcium and phosphorus content in the pasture grass was 19.0, 0.70 and 0.42%, respectively. DCP, TDN, Ca and P intake were 145.0, 743.0, 7.55 and 4.53 g/d/animal, respectively. It was concluded that the nutrients provided by the pasture grass were sufficient to support a daily average gain of 100–150 g in the grazing sheep on that pasture.

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Keywords

Alpine Pasture, Kashmir Valley, Nutritive Values, Grazing sheep.

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