The effects of replacing Rhodes Grass (Chloris gayana) hay with ghaf (Prosopis cineraria) pods on the performance of Omani native sheep

O. Mahgoub, I. T. Kadim, D. S. Al-Ajmi, N. M. Al-Saqry, A. S. Al-Abri, A. R. Richie, K. Annamalai, N. E. Forsberg

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Abstract

A feeding trial using various levels of dry pods of ghaf (Prosopis cineraria) was carried out with 28 Omani native male sheep. Individual feed intake and body weight were determined for 50 days to allow assessment of the effects of the feeds on growth, feed intake, feed conversion and carcase measurements. The ripened ghaf pods contained 91% dry matter (DM), 13.5% crude protein (CP), 14.3% crude fibre (CF), 1.3% ether extract (EE) and 5.2% ash (on DM basis). Four levels of ghaf (0, 15%, 30% and 45%) were used with corresponding decreasing proportions of Rhodes grass (RGH) hay. Animals fed rations containing RGH as the sole source of roughage and no ghaf grew faster (135 g/day) and had better feed conversion than those fed various levels of ghaf. Sheep fed 15% ghaf gained reasonably well (90 g/day) and had carcase attributes similar to those fed no ghaf. Sheep fed 30% ghaf still gained weight but those fed 45% ghaf lost weight. Negative effects on growth appeared to occur after 6 weeks of feeding ghaf.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-294
Number of pages14
JournalTropical Animal Health and Production
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004

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Keywords

  • Browse
  • Ghaf
  • Growth rate
  • Prosopis cineraria
  • Sheep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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