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BASIC RESEARCH JOURNALS OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND REVIEW ISSN 2315-6880
 

Basic Research Journal of Agricultural Science and Review ISSN 2315-6880 Vol. 7(4), pp. 35-39 June 2019 Copyright© 2018 Basic Research Journals

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Evaluation of different feeding options for yearling Arsi- Bale sheep rams to attain export market body weight

 

Aman Gudeto*, Mieso Guru, Tesfaye Alemu, Ashebir Worku and Genet Dadi

 

Oromia Agriculture Research Institute, Adami Tulu Agriculture Research Center, P.O.Box 35, Zeway, Ethiopia

 

*Corresponding author email: amangude13@gmail.com

 

Received 25 April, 2019; Accepted May 01 May, 2019; Published 04 July, 2019

 

Abstract

 

The study was conducted at Adami Tulu Agricultural Research Center on twenty one yearling Arsi-Bale rams. They were assigned to three feeding treatments (T1 = Grazing + 50% wheat bran + 50% Noug seed cake, T2 = Grazing + 45% wheat bran + 20% maize grain + 35% Noug seed cake and T3 = Grazing + 65% wheat bran + 35% cotton seed cake) with the aim of evaluating the three feeding options and come up with the economical one(s), which could enable the rams to attain export market weight. The rams were supplemented based on their individual body weight requirements (2.5% of their individual body weight) and kept on feeding for seventy five days. Final body weight, total weight gain and average daily weight gain of the rams were not significant among the treatments. Average daily weight gains of the rams over the feeding period were 113.3, 109.3 and 104.7 grams for those rams in T1, T2 and T3, respectively. Partial budget analysis indicated that feeding option number two (T2) is more economical as compared to T1 and T3. However, fattener can use any of the feeding options depending on availability of the ingredients in their area.

 

Keywords: Arsi-Bale rams fattening, Sheep market weight, Different feeding options

 

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