5-Title: Effect of dietary inclusion of poultry litter on rumen and haemato-biochemical parameters in Marwari sheep
Authors: Dinesh Jain, T Sharma, GR Purohit, Tara Bothra, DD Garg and Sunil Kumar
Source: Ruminant Science (2013)-2(1):27-30.
How to cite this manuscript: Jain Dinesh, Sharma T, Purohit GR, Bothra Tara, Garg DD and Kumar Sunil (2013). Effect of dietary inclusion of poultry litter on rumen and haemato-biochemical parameters in Marwari sheep. Ruminant Science 2(1):27-30.
In order to assess the effect of inclusion of groundnut hull and sun dried poultry litter in complete feeds for sheep on rumen and haemato-biochemical parameters, an experiment was conducted with twelve males Marwari rams of same body weight (21.95 to 22.13 Kg), age group and body conformation. All animals were divided in three groups of four animals in each and were offered T1, T2 and T3, respectively. T1 control diet was having groundnut hull, ground nut cake, barley, deoiled rice bran, mineal mixture and salt whereas, in T2 and T3, the nitrogen of complete feed was replaced by sun dried poultry litter at 15 and 30 per cent level. The haemato-biochemical parameters viz haemoglobin, packed cell volume, total serum protein, blood glucose, and blood urea revealed no effect of replacement of conventional nitrogen source by sun dried poultry litter whereas rumen parameters viz pH, total protozoal count, ammonia nitrogen, and total nitrogen revealed highly significant (P<0.01) effect of replacement of nitrogen of control feed by sun dried poultry litter. A drop in rumen pH as well as total protozoal count were observed due to replacement of nitrogen at 30% level by sun dried poultry litter in T3 group. The findings of present study indicated that SDPL may easily be replacing 30% of N from conventional sources in the ration of sheep without any adverse effect on rumen and haemato-biochemical parameters.
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