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Title: Performance Characteristics of Lactating Djallonké Ewes Fed Rice Straw Basal Diets Supplemented With Stylosanthes Hamata
Authors: Osafo, E.L.K.
Attoh-Kotoku, V.
Oppong-Anane, K.
Fynn, K.
Keywords: supplementation
Stylosanthes hamata
rice straw
Djallonké ewes
Issue Date: Apr-2008
Publisher: Journal of Science and Technology
Citation: Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 28 No. 1, 2008 pp 57-64
Abstract: A 7-week feed intake and growth performance study involving thirty lactating Djallonké ewes and their lambs was conducted. The ewes were randomly assigned to 3 dietary treatment groups resulting in 10 replications. The ewes were individually housed and offered 1000 g rice straw basal diet daily; Stylosanthes hamata given as a supplement at one of the 3 rates, which formed the treatments; i.e. 180 g/d [T180], 240 g/d[T240] or 360 g/d [T360] Feed intake of the ewes and liveweight changes of the ewes and their lambs were recorded. Intake of rice straw was similar amongst the ewes on the different treatments (P>0.05). However, the ewes consumed more supplement as the amount offered increased resulting in a significant improvement in total feed intake as the supplement offered in¬creased (P< 0.01). There was no significant difference (P>0.05) in the body weights of the ewes that could be attributable to treatment effects. The average daily gains (ADG) at day 49 for the lambs were, 47.5 [T180],63.4[T240 ] and 76 g [T 360]. This result suggest that supplementation of ewes had a significant effect (P<0.01) on the ADG of lambs as the level of supplementation increased. The results further indicate that supplementation of a basal rice straw diet with 360 g per day of Stylosanthes hamata enabled ewes to maintain their body weight in the dry season.
Description: Article published in the Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 28 No. 1, 2008 pp 57-64
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/5255
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