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“Effect of replacement of Barley grain energy with Babul pods on

in vitro nutrient utilization”.

Mayank Tandon and S. N. Rai*


Dairy Cattle Nutrition Division, NDRI, Karnal, Haryana.

Abstract

Barley grain in concentrate mixture was replaced with Babul pods (Acacia nilotica) at 0,
40, 60, 80 and 100 % levels of energy and a TMR was prepared using concentrate to
roughage ratio of 50: 50 with oat green and wheat straw (33:17). Inclusion of barley grain
was 20% in the concentrate at zero percent replacement level, while it was 12, 8, 4 and 0
% in the concentrate at 40, 60, 80 and 100 % replacement levels. Various TMRs were
evaluated for chemical composition, in vitro dry matter and organic matter digestibility as
well as gas production over 48 h. The organic matter for different TMRs ranged from
85.15 to 86.02 percent in various levels of replacement with babul pods. The crude
protein contents for TMRs were 13.19 to 14.46 percent, while crude fibre content was
21.30 to 23.11. Ether extract percent was in the range of 2.43 to 3.0 in TMRs. NDF
content was 58.98 to 62.09, while ADF content was between 30.38 to 37.23 percent
respectively for 0, 40, 60, 80 and 1000 % replacement levels in TMRs. The in vitro dry
matter and organic matter digestibility at 0, 40, 60, 80 and 100 % replacement levels in
TMRs were as 59.90, 57.76, 62.46, 61.36 and 58.74 percent, and 62.48, 61.75, 62.77,
63.25 and 61.57 percent respectively. Total gas production of various TMRs during 48 h
were 185.05, 182.23, 183.00, 182.14 and 175.63 ml/g TMR and the rate of gas
production (ml/h/g) was 3.85, 3.79, 3.81, 3.79 and 3.65 respectively for 0, 40, 60, 80 and
100 % replacement levels of barley. The values of IVDMD and IVOMD were remained
similar with each other. It is concluded that Barley energy can be replaced at 100 percent
level with Babul pods energy without affecting nutrient utilization.

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* snr1950@yahoo.com (Dr. S.N. Rai)

Reference :
Mayank Tandon and S. N. Rai. 2007. Effect of replacement of Barley grain energy with
Babul pods on in vitro nutrient utilization. International Tropical Animal Nutrition
Conference, 4-7 October, 2007, held at NDRI, karnal, India. pp- 13-14.