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EFFECT OF FEEDING BROILER LITTER ON GROWTH AND NUTRIENT UTILIZATION BY BARBARI GOAT

  • Nadeem, M.A. (Animal Sciences Institute, National Agricultural Research Centre) ;
  • Ali, A. (Animal Sciences Institute, National Agricultural Research Centre) ;
  • Azim, A. (Animal Nutrition, Animal Sciences Institute, NARC) ;
  • Khan, A.G. (Animal Sciences Institute, National Agricultural Research Centre)
  • Received : 1992.02.12
  • Accepted : 1992.10.26
  • Published : 1993.03.01

Abstract

Four isocaloric (68.71, 67.07, 66.68 and 66.25% TDN) and isonitrogenous (12.96, 13.36, 13.36 and 12.96% CP) diets without or with 20, 25 and 30% broiler litter were fed to 20 male kids for 90 days. Weight gain and feed efficiency were higher (p < 0.05) for kids offered control diets as compared to kids fed diets containing broiler litter. There was a significant (p < 0.05) decrease in the feed intake with increasing level of broiler litter in the diets. Digestibility for organic matter, crude protein and crude fibre were not affected (p > 0.05) by the inclusion of broiler litter in the diets, whereas inclusion of broiler litter depressed (p < 0.05) the digestibility of dry matter and ash. Nitrogen balance was positive for all diets, however, nitrogen retention decreased (p < 0.01) with the increased level of broiler litter. Blood Na, K, Ca, P and urea-N were within normal range.

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