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Foliage of Flemingia macrophylla for Goats in Samoa

Author(s): Eroarome Martin Aregheore

Journal: Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
ISSN 1680-5593

Volume: 5;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 226;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Rottboellia exaltata grass | Flemingia macrophylla | goats | DMI | BWC | In vivo | in vitro digestibility

Feed value and voluntary Dry Matter Intake (DMI) of different states (i.e. hay, wilted or fresh) of presentation of Rottboellia exaltata fed in combination with foliage of Flemingia microphylla was investigated. Three growing Anglo-Nubian x Fiji local goats (2 doelings and 1 buck) with pre-experimental body weight of 19.7?0.3 and 12-15 months old were used in a repeat randomized 3x3 Latin Square design. Three dietary treatments :- (i) R.. exaltata (hay) + F. macrophylla (ii) R.. exaltata (wilted) + F. macrophylla and; (iii) R.. exaltata (fresh) + F. macrophylla, designated as T1, T2 and T3 respectively were tested on goats for 28 days. The state of presentation of R. exaltata had effects on a nutrient content. Mean CP content of 14.3 % for all diets was high for goats. Fibre fractions (CF, NDF and ADF) of the diets were moderate and were not above levels that affect Dry Matter Intake (DMI). Voluntary feed intake was 408, 1167 and 1013 g/head/d and when expressed on a metabolic weight basis as g kg 1W 0.75/DM, DMI was 90.7, 199.6 and 182.5 g kg 1 W0.75/day. The state of presentation of R. exaltata significantly affected (p
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