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Agricultural Reviews, volume 39 issue 2 (june 2018) : 137-143

Improved paddy straw as ruminant feed: A review

G.G. Sheikh, A.M. Ganai, P.A. Reshi, Sheikh Bilal, Shabir Mir, Danish Masood
1Division of Animal Nutrition, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology-Kashmir, Srinagar-190 006, Jammu and Kashmir, India.
Cite article:- Sheikh G.G., Ganai A.M., Reshi P.A., Bilal Sheikh, Mir Shabir, Masood Danish (2018). Improved paddy straw as ruminant feed: A review. Agricultural Reviews. 39(2): 137-143. doi: 10.18805/ag.R-1667.
Paddy straw is a major agro-residue fed to ruminants in India. Feeding only rice straw does not provide enough nutrients to the ruminants even for maintenance due to the low nutritive value of this highly lignified material containing high concentration of anti-nutrition factors like lignin, silicates and oxalates. Despite the improvements of crop residues through various processing methods such as physical and chemical, the efficient utilization to desirable extent is still awaited. So utilization of paddy straw in association with concept of complete feed along with biological agents is need of the hour to maximize advantage from given feeds in animal production systems.
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