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Potential of Moringa oleifera Leaf Meal as Partially Replacement of Cotton Seed Cake in Diet of Nili-Ravi Buffaloes in Semi-Arid Areas

Potential of Moringa oleifera Leaf Meal as Partially Replacement of Cotton Seed Cake in Diet of Nili-Ravi Buffaloes in Semi-Arid Areas

Muhammad Imran1*, Muhammad Mobashar2, Muhammad Irfan3, Shazia Hanif4, Sumaira Hanif5 and Muhammad Abubakar6

1International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Islamabad, Pakistan; 2The University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan; 3University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan; 4Kyushu University, Fukuoka; 5University of the Punjab, Lahore; 6National Veterinary Laboratories Islamabad, Pakistan.

Email | aghaimranzaib@gmail.com

ABSTRACT

This experiment was conducted to evaluate the potential of Moringa Oleifera leaf meal (MOLM) as partially replacement of the cotton-seed cake (CSC) in lactating Nili-Ravi buffaloes. On the basis of nearly similar lactation stage and body weight, sixteen individually confined buffaloes were randomly blocked and allotted to four different dietary treatments. MOLM in proportion to CSC was supplemented along with maize silage as basal diet. Four dietary treatments having MOLM were 0.0, 0.71, 1.42 and 2.16 Kg DM/day used as replacement for CSC containing 2.16, 1.42, 0.71 and 0.0 Kg DM CSC/day. Overall the apparent digestibility coefficients of dry matter (DM) and organic matter (OM) were non-significant (P>0.05) whereas digestibility of NDF was significantly increased (P<0.05) in treatment MLM4. When compared among treatments, the value of crude protein (CP) digestibility coefficient was high (P<0.05) in treatment MLM4 as compared to MLM1. Similar trend was also observed in case NDF among treatments. Daily milk yield and 4 % FCM has increased (P<0.05) in buffaloes fed treatment MLM3 and MLM4 as compared to other treatments. While there was no significant (P>0.05) difference of percentage of fat, protein, lactose, ash, total solids and solid not fat observed among all treatments. However, on the basis of total yield per buffalo in a day, an increasing (P<0.05) trend was observed in increase of milk protein and lactose contents. Moreover, a significant difference was observed in milk protein between treatment MLM1 and MLM4. This study indicated that CSC can be substituted completely with MOLM however a combination of MOLM and CSC improved milk yield than either protein source fed alone in lactating Nili-Ravi buffaloes in Pakistan.

 

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Veterinary Sciences: Research and Reviews

June

Vol. 5, Iss. 1, Pages 1-32

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