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Asian Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
  Year: 2014 | Volume: 9 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 27-36
DOI: 10.3923/ajava.2014.27.36
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Effect of Green Forage Type on Productive Performance and Milk Composition of Lactating Egyptian Buffalo

A.E.M. Mahmoud and H.M. Ebeid

The objective of the present study was to investigate the effect of inclusion different types of forage in dairy buffaloes rations on the performance of milk production. Twelve multi parous Egyptian buffaloes, after 8 weeks of calving (averaged 550 kg live body weight) were assigned into three groups of 4 buffaloes in 3x3 Latin square design. Each group fed one of the three rations with different kind forage either berseem (R1), berseem plus corn silage (R2) or corn silage (R3). All groups were fed forage plus Concentrate Feed Mixture (CFM) by 50% concentrate: 50% roughage. The digestibility coefficients of DM, CP, CF and cellulose were significantly higher for R1 compare to other tested rations. However, no significant differences noticed among tested rations for OM, EE, NFE, NDF, ADF and hemicelluloses. All tested rations, had nearly similar values of TDN and DE. R1 contained (B) had the highest DCP value (11.81%) followed by R2 (10.25%) contained (B+CS) while R3 contained (CS) had the lowest value (8.63%). No significant differences among the tested groups in both actual and 7% FCM yields. In addition, there were insignificant differences between animals fed all tested rations in lactose, ash and SNF of milk produced. While feeding both kinds of forages (B+CS) and CFM (R2) were significantly increased fat, protein and TS contents compared with feeding R1 and R3. No significant differences were observed among tested groups for feed efficiency as the amount of DM required to produce one kg 7% FCM. While highly significant differences among treatments were detected concerning DCP efficiency. Normal ranges for the blood parameters were observed with no significant differences as the result of feeding all tested rations. Short chain fatty acids were significantly higher with ration contained berseem compared to with rations contained corn silage which had higher values in long chain fatty acids.
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How to cite this article:

A.E.M. Mahmoud and H.M. Ebeid, 2014. Effect of Green Forage Type on Productive Performance and Milk Composition of Lactating Egyptian Buffalo. Asian Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 9: 27-36.

DOI: 10.3923/ajava.2014.27.36






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