Supplementation of Vernonia amygdalina Leaves and Crushed Maize Grain on Feed Intake, Digestibility, Body Weight Gain and Carcass Characteristics of Arsi-Bale Sheep Fed Wheat Straw Basal Diet

Abstract:

An experiment was conducted to evaluate feed intake, digestibility, body weight gain and carcass characteristics of Arsi Bale sheep fed a basal diet of wheat straw (WS) supplemented with crushed maize (CM) grain only or with graded levels of dried green Vernonia amygdalina (VA) leaves. Twenty male Arsi Bale sheep with mean initial live weight of 19.36±0.82 kg (mean ± SD) were grouped into five blocks based on initial body weight and randomly assigned to one of the four treatments (WS ad libitum supplemented with 125 g CM grain only (T1); WS ad libitum supplemented with 125 CM and 125g VA (T2), WS ad libitum supplemented with 125 CM and 250 VA (T3), WS ad libitum supplemented with 125 CM and 375 VA (T4)). Water and block salt were available to the animals at all time. The experiment had 90 days feeding trial followed by 7 days digestibility trial after 15 and 3 days of acclimatization period, respectively. The crude protein (CP) content of WS, CM and VA leaves were 3.22, 6.84 and 22.3, respectively. Higher (P
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APA

Biruk, B (2024). Supplementation of Vernonia amygdalina Leaves and Crushed Maize Grain on Feed Intake, Digestibility, Body Weight Gain and Carcass Characteristics of Arsi-Bale Sheep Fed Wheat Straw Basal Diet. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/supplementation-of-vernonia-amygdalina-leaves-and-crushed-maize-grain-on-feed-intake-digestibility-body-weight-gain-and-carcass-characteristics-of-arsi-bale-sheep-fed-wheat-straw-basal-diet

MLA 8th

Biruk, Bekele "Supplementation of Vernonia amygdalina Leaves and Crushed Maize Grain on Feed Intake, Digestibility, Body Weight Gain and Carcass Characteristics of Arsi-Bale Sheep Fed Wheat Straw Basal Diet" Afribary. Afribary, 12 Apr. 2024, https://afribary.com/works/supplementation-of-vernonia-amygdalina-leaves-and-crushed-maize-grain-on-feed-intake-digestibility-body-weight-gain-and-carcass-characteristics-of-arsi-bale-sheep-fed-wheat-straw-basal-diet. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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Biruk, Bekele . "Supplementation of Vernonia amygdalina Leaves and Crushed Maize Grain on Feed Intake, Digestibility, Body Weight Gain and Carcass Characteristics of Arsi-Bale Sheep Fed Wheat Straw Basal Diet". Afribary, Afribary, 12 Apr. 2024. Web. 24 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/supplementation-of-vernonia-amygdalina-leaves-and-crushed-maize-grain-on-feed-intake-digestibility-body-weight-gain-and-carcass-characteristics-of-arsi-bale-sheep-fed-wheat-straw-basal-diet >.

Chicago

Biruk, Bekele . "Supplementation of Vernonia amygdalina Leaves and Crushed Maize Grain on Feed Intake, Digestibility, Body Weight Gain and Carcass Characteristics of Arsi-Bale Sheep Fed Wheat Straw Basal Diet" Afribary (2024). Accessed May 24, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/supplementation-of-vernonia-amygdalina-leaves-and-crushed-maize-grain-on-feed-intake-digestibility-body-weight-gain-and-carcass-characteristics-of-arsi-bale-sheep-fed-wheat-straw-basal-diet