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“Moringa Oleifera” Leaf Meal Supplementation on the Performance of Growing Sheep

M.H. Redekar, S.M. Bhalerao, A.V. Khanvilkar, V.R. Patodkar and A.Y. Doiphode

Department of Animal Nutrition, Krantisingh Nana Patil College of Veterinary Science, MAFSU, Shirwal-412801, Dist-Satara (Maharashtra).

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal June 2019 : 96 (6) - pages 43 to 45
(Received: January, 2019, Accepted: February, 2019)


An experiment was conducted on eighteen (18) growing sheep for a period of thirteen weeks. The selected sheep were allotted randomly into three groups with six animals in each. The concentrate mixture was formulated with local feed ingredients and offered to control group (T0), while T1 and T2 groups received concentrate mixture with 10% and 20% replacement of cottonseed cake (CSK) and Moringa oleifera leaf meal (MOLM), respectively. The average ADG (g/head) ranged from 51.10g (T0) to 54.44g (T2) groups. The average total DMI (g/head) ranged from 569.11g (T0) to 602.50g (T2) groups. The average body weights, ADG and total DMI found non-signicantly different among the treatment groups. The cost of feeding/kg of weight gain were calculated as Rs.131.96/-, Rs.131.77/-, and Rs.126.93/- in T0, T1, and T2 groups, respectively. Hence, it is concluded that MOLM can safely replaces cottonseed cake as protein source up to 20 percent in concentrate mixture of sheep.

Key Words: Moringa oleifera leaf meal, Supplementation, Growing sheep

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