Meat Goats in Land and Forage Management

Table 9

Table 9. Animal performance and ruminal parameters a
  Wheat Pasture b Bermudagrass c   Forage
quality
Breed Forage
qltyXbrd
Item Alpine d Angora Nubian Alpine Angora Nubian SEM e P < P < P <
Initial weight, kg 16.7 g 16.4 g 19.1 f 16.3 g 16.1 g 19.5 f 1.0 - 0.005 -
Daily gain, g/d 46.5 61.8 44.1 24.0 -7.6 18.6 5.7 0.02 - 0.001
Rumen pH 6.27 6.50 6.29 6.24 6.16 6.36 0.1 - - -
Rumen ammonia, ug/ml 98.0 fg 68.0 f 129.0 g 76.0 fg 54.0 f 85.0 g 14.0 0.05 0.05 -
a Adapted from Hart et al. (1993).
b Winter wheat with poloxalene mineral blocks.
c Dormant bermudagrass supplemented with 200 g/d of a 25% CP supplement.
d Two pastures in each treatment, with three male and three female goats of each breed in a pasture.
e Standard error of the mean.
f,g Means with different superscipts differ P < 0.05.


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