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Evaluation of forage legume Lablab purpureus as a supplement for lactating Bunaji cows

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Eduvie, LO and Barje, PP and Bawa, EK and Ehoche, OW and Makun, HJ and Sekoni, VO and Rekwot, PI and Chiezey, NP and Bale, JO and Malau-Aduli, AEO and Osuhor, CU and Alawa, CBI and Okaiyeto, PO and Olorunju, SAS (2002) Evaluation of forage legume Lablab purpureus as a supplement for lactating Bunaji cows. Development and Field Evaluation of Animal Feed Supplementation Packages, Proceedings of Final Review Meeting of an IAEA Technical Cooperation Regional AFRA Project, Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, Cairo, Egypt, 25, IAEA-T. pp. 103-109. ISSN 1011–4289

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Abstract

The effects of forage legume lablab (Lablab purpureus) as a supplement for Bunaji cows was investigated both on-station and on-farm. The results of the on-farm trial involving five herds in each of two villages (control and supplemented) showed that supplementation with 3 kg of lablab increased milk off-take significantly (P<0.001) (1.27±0.09 vs. 0.71±0.1 kg per cow/day for supplemented and non-supplemented cows, respectively). Cows in the supplemented group showed a higher gain in body weight compared to non-supplemented animals (411±1.4 vs. 127±1.8 g/day respectively). They also showed a higher (P<0.001) body condition score than those in the non-supplemented group (3.5-4.5 vs. 2.0-3.5). Overall mean weight gain for calves was however, similar for both supplemented and non-supplemented groups (428±5.3 vs. 428±1.5 g/day). Supplementation of suckling Bunaji cows with lablab improved the performance of the animals and the income of the farmers.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Development and Field Evaluation of Animal Feed Supplementation Packages, Proceedings of Final Review Meeting of an IAEA Technical Cooperation Regional AFRA Project, Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, Cairo, Egypt, 25
Page Range: pp. 103-109
ISSN: 1011–4289
Additional Information: © IAEA, 2002
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2009 03:04
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:01
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/8802
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