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Studies on the utilization of fallen forest mixed tree leaves as a feed for sheep



Studies on the utilization of fallen forest mixed tree leaves as a feed for sheep



Indian Journal of Animal Research 18(2): 86-88



A metabolic trial was conducted on 6 Nellore sheep to study the digestibility and utilization of fallen mixed forest leaves as sole feed. The animals consumed on an average 2.44 kg/100 kg body weight and lost weight on an average 100 g/day during the experiment. The average digestibility coefficients for dry matter, crude protein, ether extract, crude fibre and nitrogen free extract were 22.17, 22.52, 52.76, 25.51 and 23.51 respectively. The animals were on negative nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus balances. The digestible crude protein and total digestible nutrients values were 2.28 and 26.73 respectively. The mixed fallen forest tree leaves were not palatable and cannot form sole feed even for adult sheep.

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