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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.


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.



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


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