Growth Performance and Nutrient Digestibility of Red Sokoto Goats Fed Urea Treated Maize Stover Supplemented with Graded Levels of Balanites aegyptiaca Leaf Forage

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A. J. Hyelda
M. M. Yahya
Z. A. Gworgwor

Abstract

Sixteen Red Sokoto male goats weighing on average 9.36±0.67 Kg were used for the experiment in a completely randomised design (CRD) for a duration of 12 weeks to determine the total feed intake, weight gain and apparent nutrient digestibility coefficients. The treatments were; A (control): the basal diet (maize stover treated with 4% urea) plus 100 g maize bran, B: control diet plus 100 g Balanites aegyptiaca, C: control diet plus 200 g Balanites aegyptiaca and D: control diet plus 300 g Balanites aegyptiaca. All animals were allowed ad libitum access to water and mineral lick. p<0.05 was considered as level of significance. Supplementing urea treated maize stover with Balanites aegyptiaca resulted in increased (p<0.05) total dry matter (DM) intake from 346.12 g/day (control), to 423.73 g/day (treatment B), 488.54 g/day (treatment C) and 536.81 g/day (treatment D). Supplementation increased (p<0.05) daily weight gain. Treatment D recorded the highest value of 52.00 g/day. Apparent DM digestibility increased (p<0.05) with supplementation with treatment D having the highest value of 74.32%. Nutrient digestibility also increased (p<0.05) with treatment D supplemented group having the highest values for all the parameters recorded.

Keywords:
Balanites aegyptiaca, weight gain, goats, intake, digestibility, basal diet

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J. Hyelda, A., M. Yahya, M., & A. Gworgwor, Z. (2017). Growth Performance and Nutrient Digestibility of Red Sokoto Goats Fed Urea Treated Maize Stover Supplemented with Graded Levels of Balanites aegyptiaca Leaf Forage. Asian Research Journal of Agriculture, 6(2), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.9734/ARJA/2017/36076
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