The Effect Of Level Of Concentrate Feeding On Voluntary Intake And Performance By Steers Given Silage Of Chloris Gayana During The Dry Season And Their Subsequent Growth To Slaughter

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1977
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Thomas, C.
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Twenty-five Friesian steers (initial age and weight of 7 months and 161 kg respectively) were given silage ad libitum made from wilted Chloris gayana cv. Mbarara either alone or with increasing amounts of concentrate during the dry season. Supplementation with concentrate depressed the intake of silage but increased total consumption of DM. However, at low levels of concentrate addition the depression in silage intake was small and it was suggested that this was associated with the low N content of the silage (5.51 % N X 6.25) and the stimulatory effect of the concentrate (20. I % N X 6.25) on voluntary intake. Supplementation with concentrate increased LW gain [rom 0.10 kg/hd/day (silage alone) to 1.40: kg/ hd/ day (80 percent concentrate DM in total DM).
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 42 (3), p. 328-336
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