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INFLUENCE OF FEEDING ACACIA NILOTICA PODS ON INTAKE, NUTRIENT UTILIZATION AND IMMUNE STATUS IN PREGNANT GOATS

Article Id: ARCC404 | Page : 8-14
Citation :- INFLUENCE OF FEEDING ACACIA NILOTICA PODS ON INTAKE, NUTRIENT UTILIZATION AND IMMUNE STATUS IN PREGNANT GOATS.Indian Journal of Animal Research.2012.(46):8-14
Raju Kushwaha*, S.N. Rai and A.K. Singh1 rajuvet15@gmail.com
Address : Dairy Cattle Nutrition Division, National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal 132 001, India

Abstract

Twenty one first time pregnant crossbred goats (Alpine x Beetal) of similar age and body weights were divided in to three groups of seven each and fed on three different diets in the ratio of 50:50 concentrate: roughage. Babul (Acacia nilotica) pods (pulp+seeds) were incorporated @ 0, 33 and 50 % in concentrate mixture, to make the diets equivalent to tannin concentrations of 0, 3 and 4.5 % in the total mixed ration (TMR) of I, II and III respectively. Native babul pods were supplemented in TMR II while in TMR III, it was pre-treated with 3 % Ca (OH)2 before supplementation. Body weights of the animals and intake of DM, CP, EE, CF, NFE, NDF and ADF remained similar amongst different treatments. Digestibility of dry matter and organic matter were however, higher (Pentrate  may require calcium hydroxide treatment (3%w/w) before use.

Keywords

Acacia nilotica pods Tannins Nutrient utilization Immune status Pregnant goats.

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