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Type Journal Article - Science, Technology and Arts Research Journal
Title Supplementation of different level of corn silage with linseed meal on performance of black head Ogaden sheep fed grass hay
Volume 4
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2015
Page numbers 101-110
URL https://www.ajol.info/index.php/star/article/viewFile/142940/132685
The experiment was conducted to evaluate the supplementation effect of different level corn silage (CS) with linseed meal (LSM) on performance of black head Ogaden sheep. Twenty five yearling male sheep with a mean initial BW of 14.85±0.31kg were assigned into five treatments in a randomized complete block design. Treatments were grass hay ad libitum + 60 g DM/day LSM alone (T1) or supplemented with 100 (T2), 200 (T3), 300 (T4) and 400 g DM/day CS (T5). The experiment contains 90 days feeding and 7 days digestibility trials and carcass evaluation. CP (crude protein) content was 10.0, 8.6, and 30.4% and the NDF content was 76.8, 59.6 and 37.0% DM for grass hay, CS and LSM, respectively. Total DM intake was 575, 637, 695, 765 and 844 g/head/day and was in the order of T5> T4> T3> T2> T1 at (p<0.05). Total CP intake followed a similar trend to that of total DM intake. The apparent digestibility of CP 72.4% for T5 was greater (p<0.05) as compared to T1 and T2. ADG was 50, 65, 70, 80 and 80 g/day for T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5, respectively. Among the corn silage supplemented group ADG was lower (p<0.05) for T2 than T4 and T5. Hot carcass weight for T1, T2, T3, T4 and T5 was 6.03, 7.00, 7.35, 7.97, 8.00 kg respectively and dressing percentage on slaughter BW basis was lower (p<0.05) for T1 as compared to T3, T4 and T5. Marginal rate of return (MRR) was lowest for T5 (3.64%) and highest for T2 (22.32%). So considering capital, T2 with the highest MRR would be recommended as being economical. However, if capital is not the limiting factor, T4 would be selected since it fetches better net return and is good in inducing better biological performance of animals in terms of ADG and carcass output.

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