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Raju Kushwaha* S.N. Rai and A.K. Singh1
Dairy Cattle Nutrition Division, National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana 132001, India

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Twenty one lactating goats were divided into three groups of seven each and fed with three different diets in the ratio of 50:50, concentrate : roughage. Acacia nilotica pods  were incorporated @ 0, 33 and 50 % in concentrate mixture equivalent to tannin concentration of 0, 3 and 4.5 % in the total mixed ration (TMR) I, II and III respectively. Native babul pods were supplemented in group II while in group III, it was treated with 3% Ca (OH)2 before supplementation. The overall body weight during 9 fortnights revealed that body weight gain was similar amongst all the three groups. The overall DMI (kg/d) in different treatments remained similar during whole experimental period. Fortnightly milk and 4% FCM yields were non-significantly higher in TMR II than control. However, fortnightly milk composition was similar among the treatment groups. It is concluded that Acacia nilotica pods may be incorporated up to 33% in concentrate mixture of lactating goats without affecting milk production and its composition and it may be increased up to 50% by treating with Ca (OH)2 before use.
Acacia nilotica, Tannin, Milk yield, Milk composition, Lactating goat.
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