Nutrient evaluation of protein rich unconventional feeds available in Wayanad
Rasanath K, Chacko B, Sunanda C, Prasad A and Davis J
Feed cost is the most important factor which determines the profit or loss from a dairy enterprise. Nearly 70 – 75 per cent of the total cost of rearing a cow is contributed by feed cost alone. This is all the more important in Kerala where the cost of inputs such as feed and fodder are increasing day by day. In this scenario the requirement should be met from unconventional feeds. The nutrient quality of commonly available protein rich unconventional feeds in Wayanad were evaluated, in this study. Four protein rich unconventional feeds, viz. tapioca leaf meal, tea waste, coffee husk and pepper waste were analysed for proximate principles metabolisable energy (ME), digestible organic matter (DOM) and in vitro digestible nitrogen (IVDN) by in vitro gas production technique (IVGPT). Incorporation of locally available unconventional feeds to the maximum possible extent will help to reduce the feed cost, without compromising on production performance and ultimately result in growth of cattle population in Kerala.
How to cite this article:
Rasanath K, Chacko B, Sunanda C, Prasad A and Davis J. Nutrient evaluation of protein rich unconventional feeds available in Wayanad. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2020; 9(9S): 75-76.