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Animal Breeding and Genetics
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 2002;15(5): 665-670.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.2002.665    Published online January 1, 2002.
Blood Biochemical Profile and Rumen Fermentation Pattern of Goats Fed Leaf Meal Mixture or Conventional Cakes as Dietary Protein Supplements
C. Anbarasu, Narayan Dutta, K. Sharma, Uma Naulia
The expediency of replacing cost prohibitive and often inaccessible traditional protein supplements prompted the current investigation of blood biochemical profile and rumen fermentation pattern in local female goats (12) and rumen fistulated bucks (3), respectively fed supplements containing either a leaf meal mixture (LMTM) of Leucaena leucocephala-Morus alba-Tectona grandis (2:1:1) or traditional protein supplements groundnut cake (GNC) or soybean meal (SBM) and wheat straw as basal diet. The periodic monitoring of hematological parameters was carried out in female goats at 0, 30, 60 and 90 days post feeding. Rumen environment was studied in bucks in a 3 3 switch over design. Rumen liquor was collected at 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 h post feeding after 4 weeks of feeding. The goats fed on LMTM or GNC had similar dry matter intake (g/kg W0.75), which was significantly (p<0.05) higher than SBM. Except for packed cell volume (PCV), none of the blood biochemical constituents (Hemoglobin, serum glucose, total protein, serum albumin (A) and globulin(G), A:G ratio, alkaline phosphatase, transaminases) varied significantly due to replacement of 50% dietary protein by LMTM throughout the experiment. GNC group had significantly higher level of PCV than other treatments. However, the level of serum total protein (p<0.01) tended to increase from 60th day onwards irrespective of dietary treatments. The average rumen pH was significantly higher (p<0.001) on SBM followed by LMTM and GNC, respectively. Total volatile fatty acid (TVFA) production was comparable in goats given LMTM or GNC supplements, the corresponding values were significantly different (p<0.001) when compared with SBM. The ammonical-N, total-N and TCA-precipitable-N (mg/100 ml SRL) did not differ significantly among dietary treatments. It may be concluded that supplementing wheat straw with LMTM based concentrate had no adverse effect on voluntary intake, blood biochemical profile and rumen fermentation pattern of the goats.
Keywords: Goat; Leafmeal Mixture; Protein Supplement; Rumen Fermentation; Blood Traits
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