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Effect of Hydroponic Sorghum Fodder on Balami Ram Lambs’ Performance Under Intensive Management System in Adamawa State, Nigeria

Volume 7 - Issue 1, January 2024 Edition
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Author(s)
Erickson Godfrey Njiddari, Surayya Abubakar
Keywords
Hydroponic, Sorghum, Fodder, Balami, Breed, Sheep, Intensive, Management.
Abstract
This research investigated the effect of feeding hydroponic sorghum fodder (HSF) on the performance of Balami ram lambs. The main objective of this study is to provide an alternative source of well secured and highly nutritious feed source at low cost to boost the nutritional and economic values of Balami breed of sheep and in the long run mitigate the incessant avoidable clashes between farmers and herders over limited resources in the study area. A total of 45 weaned lambs were used in a feeding trial by dividing it into five treatment groups. T1 (treatment 1) were fed the control diet while ram lambs on T2, T3, T4 and T5 were fed differently cultivated hydroponic sorghum fodder respectively for 90 days feeding trial. Lambs were fed ad libitum twice per day and had a free access to fresh water. Feed offered and refusals were collected, live weight gain was measured weekly, and feed conversion ratio (FCR) was calculated. ANOVA was used to analyse the data collected. Results of the experiment showed that HSF had a positive effect (p<0.05) on feed intake, final body weight, total gain, average daily gain, and FCR on Balami ram lambs fed the HSF diet when compared to lambs fed the control diet. This study concluded that HSF has a significant effect on the overall performance of Balami breed of sheep. The study also recommended that HSF can be used as feed for lambs in the fattening period to enhance their growth performance. The study also recommended advocacy for policy formulation and implementation as regards animal feed diversification for overall animal feed security, and the peaceful coexistence of mankind.
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