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dc.contributorDemeke, Solomonen_US
dc.contributorTolemariam, Tayeen_US
dc.contributorTegegne Amogne, Firewen_US
dc.contributorWamatu, Janeen_US
dc.contributorRischkowsky, Barbaraen_US
dc.creatorAsmare, Bimrewen_US
dc.identifier.citationBimrew Asmare, Solomon Demeke, Taye Tolemariam, Firew Tegegne Amogne, Jane Wamatu, Barbara Rischkowsky. (1/4/2017). Evaluation of desho grass (Pennisetum pedicellatum) hay as a basal diet for growing local sheep in Ethiopia. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 48 (4), pp. 801-806.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe study was conducted to determine feed intake, digestibility, and body weight (BW) change of Washera sheep fed on desho grass and natural pasture hay as a basal diet and supplemented with concentrate mixtures. Twenty-five intact male sheeps with body weight of 19.4 ± 1.89 kg (mean ± SD) were used in randomized complete block design. The dietary treatments were 100 % natural pasture hay (NPH) (T1), 75 % NPH+25 % desho grass hay (DGH) (T2), 50 % NPH+50 % DGH (T3), 25 % NPH+75 % DGH (T4), and 100 % DGH (T5). Equal amount of concentrate mixture (CM) (300 g DM/ day/h) was supplemented in all of the five treatments. The result of laboratory chemical analysis revealed that the CP content of the basal diets increased with increased proportion of desho grass hay inclusion in the treatments at the expense of natural pasture hay. Total DM, OM, CP, NDF, and ADF intake and digestibility was significant (P < 0.05) and in the increas- ing order of T1<T2<T3<T4<T5. The average daily body weight gain (ADG) of experimental sheep was significantly (P < 0.05) higher as proportion of desho grass increased from 0 to 100 % in the basal diet. The result indicated that desho grass can be used as a basal diet for local sheep with better performance than natural pasture hay-based diets.en_US
dc.publisherSpringer Verlag (Germany)en_US
dc.sourceTropical Animal Health and Production;48,(2016) Pagination 801,806en_US
dc.subjectbasal dieten_US
dc.titleEvaluation of desho grass (Pennisetum pedicellatum) hay as a basal diet for growing local sheep in Ethiopiaen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idAsmare, Bimrew: 0000-0002-1262-6196en_US
cg.creator.idTegegne Amogne, Firew: 0000-0002-5717-5640en_US
cg.creator.idWamatu, Jane: 0000-0003-3544-6718en_US
cg.creator.idRischkowsky, Barbara: 0000-0002-0035-471Xen_US
cg.subject.agrovocdesho grassen_US
cg.subject.agrovocwashera sheepen_US
cg.contributor.centerBahir Dar University - BDUen_US
cg.contributor.centerJimma University, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine - JU-CAVMen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Livestock and Fish - L&Fen_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Livestock Research Institute - ILRIen_US
cg.contributor.projectCGIAR Research Program on Livestock & Fishen_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.coverage.regionEastern Africaen_US
dc.identifier.statusLimited accessen_US

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