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The Indian Journal of Field Veterinarians
Year : 2009, Volume : 4, Issue : 4
First page : ( 30) Last page : ( 32)
Print ISSN : 0973-3175.

Chemical composition of fodder from two cultivars of sorghum

Senthilkumar S., Sivakumar T., Sivaselvam S.N.

Livestock Research Station, Kattupakkam - 603 203, Tamilnadu.

Tamilnadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai, Tamilnadu.

Abstract

Fodder from Co 27 and CoFS 29 fodder sorghum varieties were evaluated for proximate principles and cell wall constituents. The dry matter (DM) content of fodder from CoFS 29 in all harvests except 1st harvest was higher (35.55±1.96 per cent) than Co 27 (32.27 per cent) at 65 days after sowing. The crude protein (CP) content was almost similar in both Co 27 (8.35 per cent) and CoFS 29 (8.38±0.44 per cent) varieties. The crude fibre (CF) content of Co 27 (33.03 per cent) was higher than CoFS 29 (24.01 ±0.96 per cent) in all five harvests. The NFE content of CoFS 29 (54.13±1.83 per cent) was comparatively higher than Co 27 (48.35 per cent). The NDF and ADF content of Co 27 were 66.78 and 48.40 per cent respectively. Hemicellulose, cellulose and lignin content of Co 27 were 18.38, 34.29 and 13.76 per cent respectively. The special features of CoFS 29 was found superior to Co 27 in terms of multicut nature, higher leaf to stem ratio and chemical constituents such as higher dry matter and nitrogen free extract (NFE) and lower crude fibre content indicating greater potential for GoFS 29 cultivar fodder sorghum as livestock feed.

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Key Words

Fodder sorghum, Co 27, CoFS 29, chemical composition, cell wall constituents.

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