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Use of high level Molasses/Urea ration for lactating sudan desert sheep

Use of high level Molasses/Urea ration for lactating sudan desert sheep

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Title: Use of high level Molasses/Urea ration for lactating sudan desert sheep
Author: Elamin, Khalid Mohammed
Abstract: This experiment was conducted to test the effects of different levels of molasses with or without Dura grains on milk production and composition in lactating desert sheep. Eighty ewes of 3.5 years of age were used in this experiment. Animals were allowed to graze freely from 6: 00 AM to 4:00 PM and then fed restricted 0.75 kg/day concentrates having 10 MJ/ME and 16% crude protein. Molasses and Dura were used in the ratio of 50:0, 40:10 and 30:20 for 21 days. Control group was not supplemented. Weekly body weighing and daily milking volumes were recorded. Milk composition was analyzed for protein and fat percentage. The results revealed that there were no significant (P<0.05) differences among the treatments in the body weights during early and late lactation, but some variations in milk yield and quality especially in the Dubasi ecotype in the late lactation was observed. The milk composition in this study was statistically similar for both ecotypes in both lactations. Both milk protein and milk fat percentages fell within normal range. Results revealed that high or low level of molasses could be fed in combination with grain to Desert sheep ecotypes with no ill effects on milk yield and composition.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/123456789/22740


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