Effect of calcium propionate and sorghum level on lamb performance

Lee-Rangel, H.A. and Mendoza, G.D. and González, S.S. (2012) Effect of calcium propionate and sorghum level on lamb performance. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 177 (3-4). pp. 237-241.

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The objective of this experiment was to evaluate the effect of calcium propionate and grain level on performance and ruminal variables in 32 finishing Criollo lambs (28.14 ± 2.34 kg initial BW) over 42 days. A completely randomized design was used with a factorial arrangement of treatments with either 550 or 650 g grain and 0 or 10 g calcium propionate per kg diet. All diets contained corn grain 200 and molasses 100 g/kg diet. Sorghum grain levels were 350 or 450 g/kg diet, replacing corn stover. No differences were observed in intake, gain or feed conversion among treatments. Rib eye area increased with 650 g/kg grain (P<0.05). Ruminal pH was not affected by treatments. Ruminal acetate concentration decreased with more grain (P<0.005). It was concluded that Ca propionate could be used to partially replace the energy usually supplied by grain in diets for finishing lambs.

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Facultad de Agronomía, México, km. 14.5 Carr. San Luis Potosí – Matehuala, C.P. 78321, San Luis Potosí, S.L.P, Mexico
Subjects: Animal Husbandary
Divisions: Sorghum
Depositing User: Mr. SanatKumar Behera
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2012 05:03
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2012 05:03
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anifeedsci.2012.08.012
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/9099

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