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Nutritional Variation among Different Camel Browse Vegetations

Nutritional Variation among Different Camel Browse Vegetations

Asad Ali Khaskheli1*, Gulfam Ali Mughal1, Muhammad Ibrahim Khaskheli2, Gul Bahar Khaskheli3, Allah Jurio Khaskheli2 and Arshad Ali Khaskheli1

1Department of Animal Nutrition, Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam, Pakistan 
2Department of Plant Protection, Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam, Pakistan 
3Department of Animal Products Technology, Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam, Pakistan 
4Department of Biotechnology, Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam, Pakistan

*      Corresponding author:


Present study was conducted at the Department of Animal Nutrition, Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam during the year 2018. Study was subjected to screen and assess different vegetations though browse by camels surrounding the area of Mithi (sandy desert zone), Tando Allahyar (irrigated zone) and Thatta (coastal mangroves zone) of Sindh province. The attributes like major nutrients (moisture, dry matter, total organic matter, inorganic/mineral matter (ash), ether extract, crude protein, crude fiber, nitrogen free extract and total carbohydrate contents) were included. Comprehensive survey indicated year round availability of 19 different vegetations at study areas whereby dry matter contents in Calligonum polygonoides (93.63%) recorded significantly high, and in Trifolium alexandrinum it was low, while moisture content appeared vice versa to dry matter. Organic matter contents in Senegalia senegal (94.05%) followed by Calligonum polygonoides (93.80%) and Acacia jacquemontii (92.45%) appeared considerably high. Capparis deciduas (22.41%) and Suaeda fruticosa (21.21%) both possessed relatively similar crude protein contents and found considerably high and Cordia sinensis Linn. at bottom level. Zea mays (5.75%) revealed prominently high and Salvadora oleiodes and Cyamopsis tetragonoloba found considerably low in ether extract contents. Carbohydrate contents in Capparis deciduas (66.76%), Trifolium alexandrinum (62.10%), Haloxylon salicornicum (61.19%), Cordia sinensis Linn. (56.66%) and Suaeda fruticosa (54.84%) did not vary to each other and found significantly high from that of Salvadora oleiodes and comparatively low from that of Calligonum polygonoides. Nitrogen free extract in Calligonum polygonoides (62.04%) compared to Ziziphus nummularia, Acacia jacquemontii, Acacia nilotica, Zea mays, Trifolium alexandrinum, Capparis deciduas, Haloxylon salicornicum, Cordia sinensis Linn., Suaeda fruticosa and Salvadora oleiodes existed considerably high. Crude fiber in Zea mays (29.30%) noted remarkably high, and in Alhagi maurorum, Cyamopsis tetragonoloba and Calligonum polygonoides it was considerably low. Total inorganic matter in Cordia sinensis Linn. (33.63%) and Salvadora oleiodes (31.14%) recorded remarkably at abundant level. Present sudy concludes that the Trifolium alexandrinum noted to be high moistured vegetation, Senegalia senegal appeared considerably rich in organic matter and Cordia sinensis (Linn.) in total inorganic matter. Capparis deciduas pertained considerable concentration of crude protein, Zea mays high ether extract, Calligonum polygonoides beared significantly high level of carobohydrate.

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology


Vol. 53, Iss. 3, Pages 801-1200


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