Using mixed silages of sweet sorghum and alfalfa in total mixed rations to improve growth performance, nutrient digestibility, carcass traits and meat quality of sheep
J Wang, BY Yang, SJ Zhang, A Amar, AS Chaudhry, L Cheng, IHR Abbasi, M Al-Mamun, XF Guo, AS Shan
ANIMAL | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021
Combining sweet sorghum (SS) with alfalfa for ensiling has the potential to make a high-quality silage with relatively a better nutrient balance. However, the existing data are insufficient about how changes in ratios of SS to alfalfa in different silage mixtures affect animal performance and meat quality. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine the effect of feeding total mixed rations containing mixed silages of SS and alfalfa on growth performance, nutrient digestibility, carcass traits and meat quality of Karakul sheep. Five total mixed rations were formulated with different SS proportions at 100%, 80%, 60%, 40%, and 20% on a fresh weight basis. Thirty 4-month old male Ka..View full abstract
Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China
Awarded by Key Laboratory of Tarim Animal Husbandry Science and Technology, Xinjiang Production & Construction Group
This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31760689; 31260565) and Key Laboratory of Tarim Animal Husbandry Science and Technology, Xinjiang Production & Construction Group (No. HS202101).