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Basic Research Journal of Agricultural Science and Review ISSN 2315-6880 Vol. 7(2), pp. 11-17 March 2019 Copyright© 2018 Basic Research Journals

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Evaluation of different feeding options for growing two years old Arsi-Bulls to attain export market weight


Tesfaye Alemu, Ashebir  Worku, Genet Dadi, Mieso Gurru, and Aman Gudeto


Oromia Agricultural Research Institute, Adami Tulu Agricultural Research Center.


*Corresponding author email: talemu1962@yahoo.com


Received 04 January, 2019; Acceptance 18 January, 2019; Published 30 March, 2019




The study was conducted at Adami Tulu agricultural research center on 27 two years old Arsi bulls of 182kg average initial body weight during the year 2016/17. The objectives of the study were: to evaluate and identify the most economical feeding options for two years aged Arsi bulls for them to attain 300kg export market weight and to evaluate the carcass characteristics of the animals. Three feeding treatments (T1=Grazing +20% molasses+ 40% wheat bran+ 40% Noug cake, T2 =Grazing +20% maize grain+45% wheat bran+35% Noug cake and T3= Grazing + 65% wheat bran+ 35% cotton seed cakes) were evaluated. Complete Randomized Block Design was implemented to assign nine Arsi bulls to the three treatments. All the experimental bulls were supplemented with their respective feed rations at 2.5% of their body weight per day during the whole experimental period. The result of the fattening trials revealed that there is no significant difference in daily weight gain, total weight gain,  final body weight and carcass characteristic of bulls  received the three dietary feeds. For 195 fattening days. From the partial budget analysis it was observed that feeding on T1 to be more economical as compared to feeding on T2 and T3. Hence, for better economic return beef cattle fatteners can use dietary T1 for two years old Arsi bulls for them to attain export market weight of 250 to 300kg.


Keywords: Arsi bulls, Carcass, Feed option and export market weight.


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