MEKARN Conference 2010
Eighteen male buffaloes 1.5 to 2 years of age and from 200 to 220 kg live weight were selected, one from each of 18 households. They were allocated equally to three groups (each group represented by 6 households). Each group of buffaloes grazed together in the day-time and were supplemented in the night-time according to the following treatments: Control: Rice straw; MUB: A mineral-urea block offered ad libitum plus rice straw; MUB-CH: MUB plus cassava hay at 0.5 kg/head/day plus rice straw.
Growth rates were improved 34% by supplementation with the mineral-urea block and by 250% when cassava hay was given together with the block.
|Figure 1. Effect if supplementation on growth rates of buffaloes under smallholder farm conditions|