COMPARATIVE DIGESTIBILITY OF MAIZE STOVER, RICE STRAW, MALTED SORGHUM SPROUT IN WEST AFRICAN DWARF (WAD) SHEEP
|Philip C. N. Alikwe1, Elijah I. Ohimain2* and Ayobami B J Aina3
|Corresponding Author: Elijah I. Ohimain, E-mail: [email protected]|
|Received: 28 February 2014 Accepted: 10 April 2014|
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Three matured West African Dwarf sheep weighing between 19kg and 22kg were fed on three crop residues (rice straw, malted sorghum sprout and maize stover) for 14 days to estimate crude protein, ether extract, crude fibre, ash, acid detergent fibre (ADF) and neutral detergent fibre (NDF) and dry matter digestibility. Average daily feed intakes of the animals were 400g, 600g and 350g for diets A, B and C respectively, while water intake was 750, 680 and 730 ml/day in diets A, B and C respectively. The dry matter digestibility values are 2.4%, 13.4% and 1.9%, Crude protein digestibility are 35.8%, 31.3% and 13.5%, while crude fibre values are 10.0%, 28.2% and 28.7% in diets A, B and C respectively. The highest response of the animals in terms of digestibility of dry matter, ether extract and ADF .was seen in malted sorghum sprout fed animal, while crude protein digestibility values was highest in rice straw. The result of these trial suggest that supplementation with malted sorghum sprout promote an encouraging performance in sheep in terms of dry matter and ADF digestibility, crude protein in rice straw, crude fibre ash and NDF in maize stover. However, crude fibre, Ash and NDF digestibility are better promoted in maize stover than in other feedstuff.