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

Eduvie, L.O., Barje, P.P., Bawa, E.K., Ehoche, O.W., Makun, H.J., Sekoni, V.O., Rekwot, P.I., Chieze, N.P., Bale, J.O., Malau-Aduli, A.E.O., Osuhor, C.U.., Alawa, C.B.I., Okaiyeto, P.O., and Olorunju, S.A.S. (2002) Evaluation of forage legume Lablab purpureus as a supplement for lactating Bunaji cows. In: Development and Field Evaluation of Animal Feed Supplementation Packages: proceedings of the final review meeting of an IAEA technical co-operation regional AFRA project. pp. 103-109. From: Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture Review Meeting, 25-29 November 2000, Cairo, Egypt.

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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.

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Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
ISSN: 1011–4289
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Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2019 23:42
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0702 Animal Production > 070204 Animal Nutrition @ 100%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8303 Livestock Raising > 830302 Dairy Cattle @ 100%
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