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Vol. 5, Issue 3 (2017)

Nutritional evaluation of Themeda (Themeda mooneyi) grass in Konkan Kanyal Goats


Author(s): Ajay Gawali, AJ Mayekar, Shalu Kumar, BG Desai, JS Dhekale and RG Burte

Abstract: Themeda (Themeda mooneyi) grass, harvested at mature stage, was fed to 4 Konkan Kanyal male goats (4-7 month15.07 kg BW) for 28 day to assess the nutrient utilization and nutritive value. Themeda grass contained 23.73 dry matter (DM), 91.60 organic matter (OM), 6.83 crude protein (CP), 2.20 ether extract (EE), 8.40 total ash (TA), 4.20 acid insoluble acid (AIA), 48.57nitrogen free extract (NFE), 72.30neutral detergent fibre (NDF), 53.47acid detergent fibre(ADF), 16.35acid detergent lignin(ADL), 38.40% cellulose, 18.83 hemicellulose, 3.30 lignin, 1.63 tannin, 0.49 Ca and 0.32% P in DM basis. The digestibility of DM, OM, CP, EE, CF, NFE, NDF, ADF, ADL, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin were 56.54, 57.23, 57.83, 57.33, 55.99, 55.78, 47.70, 46.28, 47.38, 44.70, 47.17 and 48.09%, respectively. Themeda grass contain 3.91% digestible crude protein (DCP) and 52.63% total digestible protein (TDN). Retention of nitrogen, calcium and phosphorous were 3.12, 1.47 and 0.79 g/day, respectively. The present investigation demonstrated that Themeda grass isa good fodder for growing males without any deleterious effect on health and production.

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How to cite this article:
Ajay Gawali, AJ Mayekar, Shalu Kumar, BG Desai, JS Dhekale, RG Burte. Nutritional evaluation of Themeda (Themeda mooneyi) grass in Konkan Kanyal Goats. Int J Chem Stud 2017;5(3):862-864.
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