14-Title: Intake and digestibility of acacia (Acacia seyal Del) fruits by Yankasa sheep

Authors: GE Jokthan

Source: Ruminant Science (2013)-2(2):179-185.

How to cite this manuscript: Jokthan GE (2013). Intake and digestibility of acacia (Acacia seyal Del) fruits by Yankasa sheep. Ruminant Science 2(2):179-185.


Present study was conducted to evaluate the intake and digestibility of Acacia seyal Del. (chenchilo) fruits by Yankasa rams. Twenty Yankasa ram of average weight 15.4 kg were used in a feeding trial of 120 days. Rams were randomly allotted to five groups representing 0, 25, 50, 75 and 100% inclusion levels of A. seyal fruits in a completely randomized design (CRD). Rams were fed concentrate mixture at the rate of 2.5% of the body weight and maize stover was the basal diet. Digestibility trial was conducted at the end of the feeding trial. The results showed that A. seyal fruits inclusion did not affecte feed intake among different groups. Inclusion of A. seyal at different levels significantly (p<0.05) altered the digestibility of nutrients, but had the effect on nitrogen balance remains comparable.


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