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Effect of various roughage and concentrate ratios on nutrient digestibility and milk production in buffaloes



Effect of various roughage and concentrate ratios on nutrient digestibility and milk production in buffaloes



Asian Journal of Dairy Research 1(2): 135-140



The digestibility of nturients and productive efficiency of old and young milch buffaloes were studied in a split plot factorial design by feeding rations of various ratios of roughage: concentrate (b1 70:30; b2 50:50; b3 30:70) on the basis of TDN [total digestible nutrients] content. The apparent digestibility of nutrients except crude fiber was not significantly influenced by the proportion of concentrate in the ration. The crude fiber digestibility was significantly (P < 0.05) lowered in ration b3 as compared to b1 but the differences between b1 and b2, and b2 and b3 treatments were non-significant. There was no significant difference in the average daily milk yield and 6% FCM yield of buffaloes consuming different ratios, however, old buffaloes produced significantly (P < 0.05) more 6% FCM yield than young buffaloes. The efficiency of milk production was not influenced by age of animals and level of concentrate feeding.

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