Conventional feedstuffs have not met the increasing demand of livestock industry. Rice
plant, a food-feed cereal, can provide grains for humans and fodder for livestock. The
potential of Rice Straw (RS) as fodder for sheep in Nigeria has not been adequately
documented. Therefore, the potential of RS as fodder for West African Dwarf (WAD)
sheep was investigated in this study.
Using Lattice design, 49 rice varieties of five cultivars: Interspecific Upland (IU),
Interspecific Lowland (IL), Oryza sativa Upland (OsU), Oryza sativa Lowland (OsL) and
Oryza glaberrima (Og) were assessed in hydromorphic ecology for Grain Yield (GY
tonne/ha), Straw Yield (SY tonne/ha), Harvest Index (HI), Tillers Per Square Metre
(TPSM) and Plant Height (PH). Straw samples were analysed for nitrogen, Neutral
Detergent Fibre (NDF), Acid Detergent Fibre (ADF), Metabolisable Energy (ME), invitro
Organic Matter Digestibility (OMD), ash and silica contents using standard
procedures. In a completely randomised design, 20 WAD rams were used to assess
Voluntary Dry Matter Intake (VDMI) and Dry Matter Digestibility (DMD) of NERICA-
14 (IU), NERICA-Lowland-20 (IL), ITA-321 (OsU), Cisadane (OsL) and CG14 (Og).
Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and ANOVA at α0.05.
The GY of IL (3.6±1.0) and OsL (3.6±1.2) were higher than for IU (2.1±0.9), OsU
(2.2±1.0) and Og (1.7±0.7). The SY of Og (5.0±2.6) was similar to 4.6±1.6 for OsL, but
higher than 4.2±1.5, 2.7±1.0 and 3.0±1.2 for IL, IU and OsU, respectively. The HI of IL
(0.46±0.07) was similar to 0.44±0.08 (OsL) but higher than 0.43±0.09 (IU), 0.42±0.09
(OsU), and 0.28±0.11 (Og). The TPSM of the cultivars ranged from 161.7 m-2 to 493.8
m-2, with Og having the highest value of 493.8±207.4 m-2. The PH of the cultivars ranged
from 102.2 to 124.0 cm, with Og and OsU having higher values of 124.0±34.2 cm and
122.5±19.9 cm, respectively. Nitrogen of IL (0.91±0.28 %), IU (0.89±0.32 %) and OsU
(0.87±0.32 %) were similar but higher than 0.82±0.31 % (OsL) and 0.83±0.24 % (Og).
The NDF of OsL (67.1±2.5 %) was similar to Og (66.7±3.9 %), OsU (66.6±2.5 %) and
IU (66.4±2.3 %); but higher than that of IL (65.9±2.5 %). The ADF and ME ranged from
48.7-51.5 % and 6.1-6.7 MJ/kg, respectively. The OMD of IU (46.1±5.3 %) and OsU
(46.7±5.8 %) were significantly higher than values for OsL (44.6±6.1 %), IL (44.9±5.9
%) and Og (43.6±4.3 %). The ash content of IL (18.6±0.4 %), IU (18.8±0.3 %) and Og
(19.4±0.7 %) were higher than 17.7±0.5 % and 17.6±0.5 % for OsU and OsL,
respectively. The silica content of Og, 14.3±0.5 % was similar to 13.7±0.2 % for IU but
higher than 13.4±0.3 %, 13.2±0.4 % and 12.9±0.3 % for IL, OsU and OsL, respectively.
The VDMI (47.9-57.4 gKg-1BW0.75day-1) and DMD (30.2-44.7 %) of WAD rams were
similar among the varieties.
The grain and straw yields for the rice varieties were high. The voluntary dry matter
intake and dry matter digestibility for sheep fed straws of the five representative rice
varieties established the potential of rice straw as fodder for West African dwarf rams.
Keywords: West African dwarf rams, Food-feed cereal, Fodder crop, Voluntary dry
matter intake, Oryza sp
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