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Abstract

A note on nutritive value of forages for nilgai.

Abstract

The contents of moisture, ash, fat, fibre, protein and carbohydrates were determined in 18 spp. including Andropogon annulatus and Cynodon dactylon browsed/grazed by nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus) and compared with those of Cenchrus ciliaris, and the contents of digestible fats, proteins and carbohydrates were evaluated for each sp. In general, the forage spp. contained less digestible carbohydrate but more digestible fat and protein than C. ciliaris.<new para>ADDITIONAL ABSTRACT:<new para>Nutritive value of some forages preferred by Nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus) in Changa Manga Forest Plantation in Pakistan was estimated by chemical means and compared with Cenchrus ciliaris. The forages examined were generally found capable of supplying sufficient quantities of digestible fats and proteins to the animal.<new para>ADDITIONAL ABSTRACT:<new para>Nutritive value of some forages preferred by Nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus) in Changa Manga Forest Plantation in Pakistan was estimated by chemical means and compared with Cenchrus ciliaris. The forages examined were generally found capable of supplying sufficient quantities of digestible fats and proteins to the animal.<new para>ADDITIONAL ABSTRACT:<new para>The blue bull, or nilgai, (Boselaphus tragocamelus) is almost extinct in Pakistan. The contents of fat, protein, carbohydrate, fibre and moisture were determined for 18 species of forage (11 woody) preferred by the animal. The results are tabulated.