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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2001  |  Volume: 4  |  Issue: 7  |  Page No.: 906 - 908

Evaluation of Complete Rations Containing Road Side Grass, Maize (Zea mays) Silage or Water Hyacinth Leaves (Eichhornia crassipes) in Bangladeshi Bull Calves

Md. Abdur Rashid, Md. Shahadat Hossain and M.H. Kawsar    

Abstract: Nine indigenous bull calves of about 2 years old were divided into 3 groups (3 animals in each). Three rations (A,B & C) were supplied to these groups randomly. The aim of investigation was to evaluate the effect of different rations on the performance of bull calves. Total dry-matter (DM) intake (kg/d) of the animals fed on diet B (2.42) was higher than that of other two. Digestibility of DM was similar in all three cases. Digestibility values for crude Protein (CP) and Ether extract were higher in treatment B group significantly (P<0.05) than the other two groups. Digestibility of crude fibre (CF) was higher in treatment A and B groups than that of C. Treatment group B also showed higher live weight gain (152 g/d) than that of group C (115 g/d) and group A (107/gd). The differences were statistically significant (P<0.01). Feed efficiency of diet group B (16.61) was also showed statistically higher (P<0.05) than that of treatment group C and treatment group A.

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