Eight adult (24-48 months) and 8 juvenile (6-12 months) Baladi does were maintained on a diet of Egyptian clover (Trifolium alexandrinum) or darawa (Zea mays) supplemented with concentrates. After an overnight starve, goats were given the choice of 2 green forages (clover, darawa and sorghum (Sorghum bicolor)), clover hay and one green forage, or rice straw (Oryza sativa) and wheat straw (Triticum aestivum). Preferences were also tested for whole vs. chopped forages. Green fodders were preferred (P<0.01) to high-quality roughages (clover hay) by juvenile and adult goats. Chopped darawa (P<0.01), sorghum (P<0.01) and clover hay (P<0.05) were preferred over the unchopped material. Chopped clover was eaten as readily as the whole material. When given a choice between whole and chopped rice and wheat straw, juvenile and adult goats preferred (P<0.01) the whole roughage. It is recommended that Baladi goats are given dry roughages first and then supplemented with green fodder.
|Publication Title||Applied Animal Behaviour Science|
|Author Address||Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt.|
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