DIGESTIBILITY AND NITROGEN BALANCE OF PRAWN WASTE INCORPORATED RATIONS IN CATTLE
George Varughese, Maggie Menachery
The shortage of essential feed ingredients and the escalating prices of feed stuffs are the two main problems faced by animal feed industry today. It is the challenging need of the day to explore and to experiment all potential alternate feeds. Prawn waste is an unconventional feed source which can be exploited to a large extent as a livestock feed ingredient. Reports exist that prawn waste can be incorporated in the rations for cattle (Zikakis et al., 1988; James, 1993; Ramachandran et ul., in press), pigs (Perez, 1932) and poultry (Chawan and Gen•y,1974; Menachery et a1.,1978). The effect of incorporation of dried prawn waste in the ration of adult, non-producing cattle on the digestibility of various nutrients and nitrogen balance is presented here.