Effect of azolla based pelleted complete feeds on dry matter intake, feed conversion

5.Title: Effect of azolla based pelleted complete feeds on dry matter intake, feed conversion and economics of feeding in camel calves

Authors: Renu Kumari, RK Dhuria, Sanjay Singh, NV Patil and RK Sawal

Source: Ruminant Science (2019)-8(2):173-176.

How to cite this manuscript: Kumari Renu, Dhuria RK, Singh Sanjay, Patil NV and Sawal RK (2019). Effect of azolla based pelleted complete feeds on dry matter intake, feed conversion and economics of feeding in camel calves. Ruminant Science 8(2):173-176.

 

Abstract

An experiment was conducted to explore the effect of feeding pelleted complete feeds incorporated with Azolla (Azolla pinnata) on dry matter intake, feed conversion efficiency and economics of feeding in camel calves. Fifteen healthy camel calves of nearly similar age (2-2 ½ year), body weight (369.36 kg) and uniform conformation were randomly distributed into three treatments (T1, T2 and T3) of five calves each following Randomized Block Design. Camel calves fed with iso-nitrogenous and iso-caloric pelleted complete feeds without Azolla incorporation (T1) or Azolla incorporation @ 2% (T2) and 4% (T3), respectively. The experiment lasted for sixty days. Feed intake was recorded daily and calculated at fortnight intervals with fortnightly body weight recordings and feed conversion efficiency were calculated accordingly. The inputs of all items were precisely recorded for calculation of economics of Azolla production and calves rearing. Statistical analysis revealed that there were significant differences (P<0.05) on feed conversion efficiency (FCE). In conclusion, 4% Azolla incorporated pelleted complete feed has a positive impact in terms of benefit: cost ratio and FCE.

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