Effect of Feeding Dry Sajina (Moringa oleifera) Leaves on Growth Performance and
Relative Cost of Feeding in Crossbred Calves
Anisul Hamza1*, Lakhyajyoti Borah2, Papori Talukdar2, Robin Bhuyan3 and Shantanu Tamuly4
1Department of Animal Nutrition, College of Veterinary Science, AAU, Khanapara, Assam, India
2Assistant Professor, Animal Nutrition, College of Veterinary Science, AAU, Khanapara, Assam, India
3Professor, Department of Animal Nutrition, College of Veterinary Science, AAU, Khanapara, Assam, India
4Assistant Professor, Veterinary Biochemistry, College of Veterinary Science, AAU, Khanapara, Assam, India
*Corresponding Author: Anisul Hamza, Department of Animal Nutrition, College of Veterinary Science, AAU, Khanapara, Assam, India.
April 03, 2023; Published: April 30, 2023
An experiment was carried out to evaluate the effect of feeding dry Moringa oleifera leaf meal (MOLM) on growth performance and cost of feeding. Twenty four numbers of crossbred calves of same age group were selected irrespective of sex and distributed randomly into four groups (T0, T1, T2 and T3) of six animals in each group. 84 days feeding trial was carried out. The control group (T0) was fed with conventional feed comprising concentrate mixture, green grass (Napier) and paddy straw. The treatment groups were fed with roughage (green and dry roughage) same as control and iso-nitrogenous concentrate mixture with inclusion of 5% MOLM in T1, 10% MOLM in T2 and 15% MOLM in T3.
The feed intake was not affected due inclusion of MOLM in calves diet. However, total body weight gain, average fortnightly and daily gain differed significantly among the groups and highest observed in T3 group followed by T2, T1 and T0. Significantly (P < 0.05) better FCE was observed with the increasing level of MOLM inclusion i.e. better in T3 followed by T2, T1 and T0.
The present study revealed that the dried Moringa oleifera can be included in the concentrate mixture of calves upto 15% to improve their performance and to reduce the cost of feeding.
Keywords: Moringa oleifera; Leaves; Relative Cost; Feeding; Crossbred Calves
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