Estimating Common Salt Requirement of Sheep for Optimum Performance

Olufayo, Omobola (2019) Estimating Common Salt Requirement of Sheep for Optimum Performance. In: 16th iSTEAMS Multidisciplinary Research Nexus Conference, 9th – 11th June, 2019., THE FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, ILARO.

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The study estimated the effect and quantity of salt that will promote optimum dry matter intake, average daily weight gain, water consumption and feed conversion ratio in sheep. A total of eight (8) sheep weighing between 9.0kg and 16.5kg were used and grouped into 4 of 2 animals per group balanced for body weight. Four dietary supplements containing 0%, 0.05%, 0.10% and 0.15% common salt were prepared. Elephant grass ( Pennisetum purpureum ) was offered ad libitum as basal diet. The concentrate supplement was supplied at 2kg/group once daily. The animals were exposed to the experimental ration for 56 days. Pre-experimental body weights were collected and forth-nightly collected after 14-16 hours overnight fasting to avoid error due to gut-filled weights. Results obtained indicated that 0.10% common salt in the diet of sheep promoted optimum dry matter intake (6.22% body weight), average daily weight gain (63.39g/day), water consumption (1.12L/day/animal) and feed conversion ratio (0.05) while sheep fed control diet (0% salt) exhibited the poorest performance. For optimum performance of sheep, 0.10% salt is recommended in the concentrate supplement

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Mr Taiwo Egbeyemi
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2020 09:37
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2020 09:37

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