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Indian Journal of Animal Nutrition
Year : 1987, Volume : 4, Issue : 4
First page : ( 230) Last page : ( 234)
Print ISSN : 0970-3209. Online ISSN : 2231-6744.

Comparative Growth, Nutrient Digestibility, Carcass Quality and Semen Characteristics of Bucks Fed on Subabul (Leucaena Leucocephala) And Berseem (Trifolium Alaxandrinum)

Kumar N., Khatta V.K., Gupta P.C., Singhal S.P.*, Bhatia D.R.**

Department of Animal Nutrition, Hiryana Agricultural University, Hisar-125 004, India.

*Department of Animal Production Physiology.

**Department of Veterinary Pathology.

Online published on 21 January, 2012.

Abstract

Ten bucks (Beetal x Black Bengal) were divided into two groups of live each. Animals of group 1 were fed exclusively on subabul (Leucaena leucocephala) hay and those of group 2 berseem (Trifolium alaxandrinum) hay. The respective DCP and TDN contents were 12.61, 13.04 and 51.52, 52.45 per cent. The daily DM intake/100 kg body weight was 2.92 and 3.52 kg in group 1 and 2, respectively. Average gain in body weight was 34.90 and 35.50 g/day for group 1 and 2 respectively. The differences in DM intake, growth rate, nutrients digestibility, histo-pathological parameters, carcass traits and semen characteristics were non-significant. It was inferred that there is no ill effect of feeding subabul hay as a sole feed in goats.

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