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Fresh Water Algae (Cladophoraglomerata) as a New Alternative Protein Sources for Awassi Lambs

Ali. MM. Mani

Department of Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Al-Qassim Green University, Babylon City, 100060, Iraq

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal July, 2019 : 96 (7) - pages 32 to 35
(Received: January, 2019, Accepted: March, 2019)


An experiment was conducted to study the possibility of replacing soybean meal with algae (Cladophoraglomerata) in sixteen Awassi lambs for 60 days. Two iso-protein and isoenergic diets were formulated (16% Protein and 2815 Kcal/ kg ),with substituting(0% and 10%) algae. In general, the 10% reveal insignicant differences (P≤0.05) from growth performance and dry matter intake; while the nutrient digestibility (DM,CP,CF and EE) showed signicant differences (P≤0.05). Experimental diets produce acceptable carcasses, but there were no signicant differences in carcass weight. Finally, Cladophoraglomerata alga to feedlot diets showed minimal effect on live and carcass weight performance; because digestibility capacity was linearly increased, improved feed conversion efciency (FCE) and reduction in 12th rib back fat.

Key Words: Cladophoraglomerata, Alternative protein, Lambs performance.

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