Effect of complete feed containing moringa oleifera and sorghum sudanense on milk yield of lactating malabari goats
P. Priya , K.S. Ajith, K. Ally, K. Shyama and T.R. Venkatachalapathy
A study was conducted to compare the lactation performance of Malabari goats fed on two different complete feeds containing Moringa (T2) and fodder sorghum (T3) with those fed on conventional ration (T1). The animals in group T1 were fed on conventional ration consisting of compounded feed mixture (CFM) having 17.89 per cent crude protein (CP) and 68.90 per cent total digestible nutrient (TDN) along with green grass. Complete feed containing moringa leaves fed to goats in T2 group had 15.85 per cent CP and 66.85 per cent TDN while T3 group was fed on complete feed containing sorghum having 15.90 per cent CP and 65.86 per cent TDN, respectively. The roughage:concentrate ratio was maintained at 30:70. The average daily dry matter intake of goats in the three groups, T1, T2 and T3 were 1.46, 1.67 and 1.58 kg, respectively. The average daily milk yield of goats in groups T1, T2 and T3 were found to be similar to each other i.e., 0.81, 0.96 and 0.83 litre respectively (P>0.05). Hence it was concluded that the feeding of complete feed did affect neither the dry matter intake nor the milk yield of lactating Malabari goats.
Keywords: Complete feed, Moringa oleifera, Sorghum sudanense, milk yield, lactating Malabari goats