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Feed preference by Baladi goats

By A. Y. Abdel-Moneim, M. S. Abd-Alla

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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.

Date 1999
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 65
Issue 1
Pages 63-72
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/S0168-1591(99)00045-3
Language English
Author Address Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal nutrition
  3. Butterflies and moths
  4. Capra
  5. Clovers
  6. Corn
  7. Feed preferences
  8. Feeds
  9. Flowers
  10. Foraging
  11. Goats
  12. Grains
  13. Grasses
  14. Hay
  15. Maize
  16. Mammals
  17. paddy
  18. particle size
  19. peer-reviewed
  20. Plants
  21. processing
  22. rice
  23. Ruminants
  24. Straw
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