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Applied Biological Research
Year : 2011, Volume : 13, Issue : 1
First page : ( 38) Last page : ( 42)
Print ISSN : 0972-0979. Online ISSN : 0974-4517.

Effect of bhringraj (Eclipta alba) herb on In vitro fermentation characteristics of bajra straw and bajra straw-based complete feed

Ganai A.M.*, Sharma T., Dhuria R. K.

Department of Animal Nutrition, College of Veterinary and Animal Science, Rajasthan University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Bikaner -, 334 001 (Rajasthan)

*Present address: Division of Animal Nutrition, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry, SK University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir, Shuhama, Srinagar-190 006, (J&K) e-mail: amganai@rediffmail.com

Received:  5  March,  2011; Accepted:  14  April,  2011.


An experiment was conducted to assess the effect of Bhringraj (Eclipta alba) herb supplementation to bajra straw @ 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4% kg−1 dry matter substrate on degradability of dry matter (DM), organic matter (OM) and neutral detergent fibre (NDF) and total gas production (TGP) using goat rumen liquor. Significant improvement in nutrient degradability of DM, OM and NDF in bajra straw and TGP production was observed due to Bhringraj supplementation with maximum values at 3% kg−1 DM. Another in vitro trial was performed to evaluate the effect of 3% Bhringraj kg−1 DM on rumen fermentation characteristics in complete feed having bajra straw and concentrate mixture in 60:40 ratio. The treatment significantly improved nutrient degradability (DM, OM and NDF), TGP, total rumen nitrogen and TVFA in comparison to control. Addition of Bhringraj in complete feed did not alter rumen pH, however there was significant decrease in rumen ammonia-nitrogen in herb supplemented complete feed.



Bajra straw, complete feed, Eclipta alba, gas production, in vitro degradability, rumen fermentation.


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