The Effect of Using Panicum Mombasa Hay and Millet Hay in the diet on the Production Performance of Awassi Lambs
Keywords:Panicum Mombasa Hay, Millet Hay, Production Performance, Awassi Lambs.
The current study was conducted at Al- Dawar Research Station (30 km to the northeast of Ramadi district
center in Anbar Governorate)/Ministry of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Organization/Department of
Animal Resource Researches, and for the period from November 1, 2019, to February 1, 2020. This research
aims to study the feeding role on the Panicum maximum Mombasa hay and Millet hay compared to the
alfalfa hay and the mixing between them on the production traits of Awassi lambs. In this experiment, 20
heads of Awassi sheep were used, their ages ranged from 5 to 6 months, and their average weight was 37 ±
0.75 kg. The animals were distributed randomly into five treatments, each treatment containing 3 females
and one male; all animals were fed (group feeding/treatment) during the experiment time on the same
diet of concentrated forage provided at a percentage of 2% of live body weight/treatment/day. As for the
rough forage, it was also provided daily/treatment, but freely, and the next morning the remainder of the
concentrated and rough forage was weighed/group. The average total weight gain, the average daily weight
gain, the average daily consumption, and the feed conversion efficiency were calculated, and it was observed
that there were no significant differences between the treatments in the average live body weight, the total
and daily weight gain, the amount of total feed intake (concentrated and rough) and the feed conversion
efficiency. It can be concluded from this that the use of Panicum maximum Mombasa hay and Millet hay did
not negatively affect the product performance of the Awassi lambs.
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