EFFECT OF CONCENTRATE SUPPLEMENTATION ON GROWTH AND CARCASS CHARACTERISTICS IN GRAZING RAM LAMBS

Venkateswarlu Malisetty, Ramana Reddy, Yerradoddi
2013 Online) An Online International Journal Available at   unpublished
An on-farm experiment was conducted for 120days in grazing native ram lambs in Ananthapur district of Andhra Pradesh, India by supplementing the concentrate mixture at 1.0 per cent body weight to assess the growth and carcass characteristics. 800 ram lambs were selected from local farmers and grouped in to two, first group (Treatment) animals (n=750) were supplemented the concentrate @ 1.0% body weight after 6-8 hours daily traditional grazing and second group (Control) animals (n=50) were
more » ... ls (n=50) were maintained solely on grazing for a period of four months. Results revealed that, the final body weight, total weight gain and average daily gain were significantly (P<0.01) higher in concentrate supplemented ram lambs in comparison to solely grazed animals. The cost per kg gains also less in supplemented animals than grazed. Therefore, based on these field trial results it is concluded that supplementation of concentrate at 1.0 per cent body weight would be economical for obtaining optimum growth in grazing ram lambs than sole grazing.
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