Vol. 5 No. 2
Evaluation of nutritive value of berseem (Trifolium alexandrium) on Garole sheep.
Author(s): L. MANDAL AND S. BANERJEE
Abstract: A balance trial was conducted to study the nutritive value of Berseem at higher ages using Garole sheeps as an experimental material. The other objective wasto examine the feasibility of maintaining sheep with this when availability of other green fodder become limited. The chemical composition of the experimental fodder showed that it contained CP 14.5%, CF 19.7%, EE 1. 2%, NFE 51.9% and total ash 12.7% .Average DM consumption /ram/day was 296.3 ± 7.9 gm. The digestibility co-efficients were 73.07±3.11; 87.40±1.90; 72.07 ± 1.95; 53.81 ± 2.55%; 72.51 ± 1.72 and 66.41±2.59 for DM, OM,CP,CF,EE and NFE respectively. The balances of N2, Ca & P were 2.08±1.0; 0.693 ± 0.145 and 0.12±0.09 gm/day respectively which were all positive. The DCP and TDN values were 10.45 ± 0.2 and 56.38±0.15 respectively. As the CF %.of the fodder was somewhat higher (19.7%) due to its maturity, the experimental animals showed a tendency in lowering in body weight (7.21kg ± 0.27) at the end of the experiment.
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