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dc.contributor.authorBalehegn, M.
dc.contributor.authorEik, L.O.
dc.contributor.authorTesfay, Y.
dc.date.accessioned2014-04-17T07:41:42Z
dc.date.available2014-04-17T07:41:42Z
dc.date.issued2014-04-09
dc.identifier.citationBalehegn, M., Eik, L.O. and Tesfay, Y. 2014. Replacing commercial concentrate by Ficus thonningii improved productivity of goats in Ethiopia. Tropical Animal Health and Production 46(5):889-894.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10568/35384
dc.description.abstractFicus thonningii (FT) is an important multipurpose fodder tree providing economic and ecological benefits across arid and semi-arid areas in Africa. Despite its availability in many Sub-Saharan African countries, there is lack of information on its effect on animal productivity. Twenty-four male weaned highland goats of age 7 ± 1.5 months were randomly assigned to four dietary treatments in a completely randomized block design. All animals were fed wheat straw, water, and salt licks ad libitum. The control group (T1) was fed concentrate mixture at 2 % of their body weight, while in T2, T3, and T4, 25, 50, and 75 % of the weight of concentrate (DM basis), respectively, was replaced by sun dried FT leaf meal. FT leaf meal had acceptable levels crude protein (CP), neutral detergent fiber (NDF), and tannins and has resulted in increased body weight in all treatments. Goats fed T3 diet showed significantly higher (P  < 0.05) values in terms of feed intake, body weight gain, some carcass attributes, and local meat quality indicators than the rest of the treatments. An increase in proportion of FT leaf meal beyond 50 %, however, resulted in decreased body weight gain, and other carcass parameters, despite increased feed intake. Therefore, F. thonningii can be used to replace commercial concentrate mixture up to 50 % to improve feed intake and productivity of Ethiopian highland goats.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipGlobal Affairs Canadaen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.sourceTropical Animal Health and Productionen_US
dc.subjectANIMAL FEEDINGen_US
dc.subjectGOATSen_US
dc.subjectETHIOPIAen_US
dc.titleReplacing commercial concentrate by Ficus thonningii improved productivity of goats in Ethiopiaen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.subject.ilriANIMAL FEEDINGen_US
cg.subject.ilriFEEDSen_US
cg.subject.ilriFODDERen_US
cg.subject.ilriGOATSen_US
cg.subject.ilriMARKETSen_US
cg.subject.ilriSMALL RUMINANTSen_US
cg.identifier.statusLimited Accessen_US
cg.targetaudienceSCIENTISTSen_US
cg.fulltextstatusFormally Publisheden_US
cg.identifier.doihttps://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11250-014-0582-9en_US
cg.isijournalISI Journalen_US
cg.coverage.regionAFRICAen_US
cg.coverage.regionEAST AFRICAen_US
cg.coverage.countryETHIOPIAen_US
cg.contributor.crpLivestock and Fish


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