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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2002  |  Volume: 5  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 218 - 220

Use of Water-hyacinth Leaves (Eichhorina crassipes) Replacing Dhal Grass (Hymenachne pseudointerrupta) in the Diet of Goat

A.K. Hira, M. Y. Ali, M. Chakraborty, M. A. Islam and M.R. Zaman    

Abstract: Proximate components, effect of water-hyacinth leaves (WHL), digestibility of different nutrients of WHL and its nutritive value were determined in the Animal Nutrition Laboratory, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh to utilize WHL as feed for goat. Twelve Black Bengal goats of similar age, size and sex were divided into 4 groups having 3 goats in each and fed diets; A (100% Dhal grass- DG) to I , B (75% DG+25% WHL) to II, C (50% DG+50% WHL) to III, and D (100% WHL) to group IV up to 60 days. All the goats were provided 200g-concentrate mixture every day. Goats of group IV were used to determine the digestibility of various nutrients in water-hyacinth leaves. Water-hyacinth leaves contained higher percentage of crude protein, nitrogen free extract and organic matter, and lower percent of crude fibre than Dhal grass. Body weight gain, feed intake and feed conversion efficiency were not significant among the groups. Daily weight gain was 29, 27, 23, and 17g in group I, II, III and IV respectively. Feed conversion efficiency was 16.19, 17.99,18.26 and 24.27 in group I, II, III and IV respectively. Daily dry matter intake in group I, II, III and IV were 0.47, 0.49, 0.42 and 0.42 kg respectively. Average COD of dry matter, crude fibre, ether extract and nitrogen free extract in water-hyacinth leaves were 58.39, 65.38, 59.97, 60.09 and 48.97% respectively. Average digestible nutrients; DCP, DCF, DEE, DNFE and TDN of water-hyacinth leaves were 11.81, 13.60, 2.28, 14.98 and 45.54% respectively.

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