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COMPARATIVE EVALUATION OF DIFFERENT METHODS FOR DETERMING NUTRIENT DIGESTIBILITY IN BUFFALOES

Article Id: ARCC2346 | Page : 108-111
Citation :- COMPARATIVE EVALUATION OF DIFFERENT METHODS FOR DETERMING NUTRIENT DIGESTIBILITY IN BUFFALOES.Indian Journal of Animal Research.2008.(42):108-111
Om Prakash* and J. Singh
Address : Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU, Varanasi-221 005, India

Abstract

Ten digestion experiments were conducted in two phases using 6 adult buffaloes (3 fistulated
male and 3 female) in each method. In each phase, five methods viz., conventional (a), lignin (b),
chromic oxide (Cr2O3) (c), nylon bag (d) and in-vitro (e) were used for the determination of feed
digestibility. In phase – I, the animals were fed concentrate mixture alongwith ad libitum feeding of
wheat bhusa and in phase – II, concentrate mixture and Lucerne green (Medicago sativa L.) were
fed alongwith ad libitum feeding of wheat bhusa. The overall digestibilities of all the feed constituents
were slightly higher by conventional method than lignin. In both the methods, the digestibility of dry
matter, crude protein, ether extract, crude fibre and neutral detergent fibre were significantly (P<0.01)
lower than Cr2O3 method. Nitrogen-free extract and total carbohydrate digestibility were apparently
higher in Cr2O3 than other methods. The average digestibility of all the constituents were at per in
methods d and e, but were significantly lower (Ps.

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