Gashu et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 4 (2), pp. 067-074, March 2014.
Manuscript Number: 1202131003
Effect of Supplementation with Non-Conventional Feeds on Feed Intake and Body Weight Change of Washera Sheep Fed Urea Treated Finger Millet Straw
Melese Gashu1*, Berhan Tamir2 and Mengistu Urge3
1Debre Markos University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Animal sciences, Po.Box, 269, Debre-markos, Ethiopia.
2Addis Ababa University, School of Veterinary Medicine, P. O. Box 34, Debere Zeit, Ethiopia.
3Haramaya University, College of Agriculture, Po. Box, 138 Dire Dawa, Ethiopia.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: amanuelmelese @ gmail.com
study was conducted at Bure Agricultural college during
2010. The objectives of the study were to evaluate the
effect of supplementation with noug seedcake (NSC), wheat
bran (WB) and their mixtures on feed intake and live weight
change of growing lambs. Twenty five growing Washera lambs
with initial live weight of 17.8 +1.72 (mean + SD) were used
in feeding trial were used. The lambs were blocked based on
their initial live weight and randomly assigned to one of
the five treatments, giving five animals per treatment. The
treatments consisted of feeding of sole urea treated finger
millet straw as control (T1) and supplementation of the
basal diet with mixtures of NSC & WB at 100:0, 70:30, 30:70
and 0:100% for T2, T3, T4 and T5, respectively. The level of
supplementation was 300 g/d on dry matter (DM) basis.
Supplementation of NSC, WB and their mixtures significantly
increased the intake of total DM (743-843 g/d) and total CP
(99–134.34 g/d) when compared to control (589.49g/d) and
(49.4 g/d) respectively. Lambs in control group consumed
higher urea treated millet straw DM (589.49g/d) as compared
to the supplemented treatments (443-543 g/d).Supplementation
of urea treated millet straw with concentrates (T2-T5)
promoted higher daily weight gain which ranged between
50.2-71.3 g/day. Among the supplemented treatments, lambs
supplemented with the higher proportion of WB (70%) in T4
and sole WB (100%) in T5 gained more weight than the lambs
in T2 and T3. Therefore, it could be concluded that
supplementation of sole WB (T5) and mixtures of 70% WB + 30%
NSC (T5) could be recommended as optimal level for better
utilization of nutrients and animal performance on a given
Keywords: Feed Intake, Sheep, straw, Supplementation, Urea treatment, Weight Change.
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