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

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posted on 2023-06-14, 09:47 authored by Eduvie, LO, Barje, PP, Bawa, EK, Ehoche, OW, Makun, HJ, Sekoni, VO, Rekwot, PI, Chiezey, NP, Bale, JO, Malau-Aduli, AEO, Osuhor, CU, Alawa, CBI, Okaiyeto, PO, Olorunju, SAS
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.

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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

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IAEA-T

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103-109

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1011‚Äö-4289

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Copyright IAEA, 2002

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