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Effect of ammoniation on the nutritive value of different roughages in the fattening of lambs

, : Effect of ammoniation on the nutritive value of different roughages in the fattening of lambs. Pakistan Veterinary Journal 6(2): 76-79

To study the effect of ammoniation on the nutritive value of wheat straw and sugarcane pith, a fattening trial was conducted on four groups of 64 male Lohi lambs. The roughages were treated with ammonia at 3.5% level for 15 days and incorporated at 22.5% level of the experimental rations. The experiment was of 84 days duration. There was a significant (P < 0.05) improvement in the weight gain and feed efficiency of the lambs fed ammonia-treated roughages as compared with the non-treated. However, there was no significant difference in the feed consumption of the lambs fed different experimental rations. The digestibility trail revealed that ammonia treatment of roughages significantly (P < 0.05) increased the digestibility of crude protein, but had no effect on the digestibility of other nutrient.

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