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Investigations into chemical composition and in-sacco degradability of sea-buckthorn leaves for ruminant livestock in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan

Ishrat Roomi,Tika Khan, Shamsher Ali, A.N. Naqvi

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.7(1), 97-102, July 2015

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Comparative quality assessment of Sea-buckthorn and Lucerne against nutrient composition, neutral detergent fiber, in-sacco dry matter degradability and in-sacco nitrogen degradability revealed higher efficiency of Sea-buckthorn leaves as forage for ruminant livestock. Besides, other parameters, nutrient composition valuation was made against ash, organic matter, crude protein and acid detergent fiber (ADF). Low N degradability and ADF contents in sea-buckthorn leaves enable ruminants efficient nutrient utility. However, there was no significant variation across all the parameters except ash content and in-sacco nitrogen degradability. Study results suggest that feeding of sea-buckthorn leaves as a supplement is highly valued that would increase productive performance of the animals.

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