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Evaluation of forage legume Lablab purpureus as a supplement for lactating Bunaji cows
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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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.
|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|
© IAEA, 2002
|Date Deposited:||30 Jun 2009 03:04|
|Last Modified:||18 Nov 2014 04:01|
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