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The potential of acacia (Samanea saman) pods as feeds for goats  [2003]

Barcelo, P.M. Ungria, J. Fabro, A.

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This study was conducted to seek answers to the following objectives: (1) to determine the proximate analysis of Samanea saman pods, (2) to determine the digestibility of nutrients of Samanea saman pods as fed to goats, (3) to determine the voluntary intake and nitrogen balance of goats fed with Samanea saman pods and (4) to determine the gain weight, feed consumption, and feed conversion efficiency of goats fed with varying levels of Samanea saman pods and napier (Pennisetum purpureum). Result revealed that fresh Samanea saman pods contained 15.18% water, 9.45% Crude Protein, 8.34% Crude fiber, 8.82% Crude Fat, 5.12% Ash, ans 53.09% Nitrogen Free Extract. Results of the digestibility of nutrients prove that Samanea saman pods had 69.80% Dry Matter Deigestibility, 72.70% Crude Protein Digestibility, 81.28% Crude Fiber Digestibility, 83.63% Ash Digestibility, 82.38% Crude Fat Digestibility, 65.64% Nitrogen Free Extract Digestibility and Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN) of 83.21%. There was a positive nitrogen balance (+0.1539) of goats fed with Samanea saman pods. However, the low voluntary intake of 4.05% of the body weight of goats fed with 100% Samanea saman pods in the digestibility trial resulted to a negative gain in weight (-1.21 kg.) Result of the feeding trial indicates that indigenous goats fed with 25% Samanea saman pods and 75% Pennisetum pupureum had the highest gain in weight while the goats fed with 100% Samanea saman pods had the lowest gain
in weight. This result proves that it is not advisable to feed 100% Samanea saman pods. Instead, the best combination of Samanea saman pods and Pennisetum purpureum is 25% and 5% respectively, apart from practical and economical considerations.

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Research Journal - Agriculture Department DMMMSU

ISSN : 1656-2577

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