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Ruminant Nutrition and Forage Utilization
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 1995;8(2): 107-111.
https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.1995.107    Published online April 1, 1995.
Effect of feeding legume forage with straw supplementation on milk production at Pabna milk shed area
M. Islam, N. R. Sarker, M. M. Islam
An experiment was conducted at Pabna milkshed area under Bathan condition during November, 1992 to February 1993 with 16 milking cows fed legume forage with straw supplementation(treated group) and 8 milking cows fed legume forage only (control group). From the study, the results revealed that supplementation of straw with leguminous diet increases the total dry matter intake(DMI) of 11.83 kg/d/cow for the treated group and 11.53 kg/d/cow for the control group. The average daily legume forage intake was 37.39 8.67 kg/d/cow and 49.62 10.57 kg/d/cow for the treated and control group respectively and the difference was significant(p<0.05). The results also exhibited that(DMI) kg/d/cow for the treated and control groups were 6.18 1.44 kg and 8.38 1.95 kg respetively. The milk production was 8.64 1.15 litre/day for the treated group which was significantly(p<0.05) higher than the control troup(7.74 1.24 litre/day). The average inititial body weight of the supplemented and control groups were 338.06 39.32 kg and 329.87 48.03 kg respectively. Whereas, the final body weight of supplemented group was 344.33 35.90 kg and control group was 330.35 37.28 kg. It may be concluded that straw supplementation with legumes diet could save legume forage for further use as well as increase milk production.
Keywords: Bathan; Legume Forage; Supplementation; Milk Production

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