Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 52 issue 4 (april 2018) : 569-573

In vitro nutritional evaluation and methane production of deoiled ajwain meal as a potential ruminant feed ingredient

Mayank Gautam, J.P. Sehgal, Madhu Mohini, Ritika Gupta, Tarun Kumar Varun, Srobana Sarkar
1<p>Animal Nutrition Division,&nbsp;ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal-132 001, Haryana, India.</p>
Cite article:- Gautam Mayank, Sehgal J.P., Mohini Madhu, Gupta Ritika, Varun Kumar Tarun, Sarkar Srobana (2016). In vitro nutritional evaluation and methane production of deoiledajwain meal as a potential ruminant feed ingredient . Indian Journal of Animal Research. 52(4): 569-573. doi: 10.18805/ijar.v0i0f.3788.

The present study was undertaken to evaluate deoiled ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi) meal (DOAM) for its in vitro nutritional evaluation and methane mitigation potential. For this purpose, a concentrate mixture based on maize and soybean meal as a major feed ingredient was formulated and designated as control ‘C’. The concentrate mixture was reformulated using 5, 10, 15 and 20 parts (kg/100kg) of DOAM for experimental groups i.e. T1, T2, T3 and T4, respectively and made iso-nitrogenous by addition of urea. The values of DM, CP, EE, CF, TA, NFE, NDICP and ADICP (%) in DOAM were 88.41, 14.57, 2.65, 16.35, 12.75, 53.68, 51.86 and 17.35, respectively. Dry matter degradability and digestibility of T1 and T2 were comparable with those of control whereas significant (P<0.05) depression was observed when 15% (T3) and 20% (T4) of DOAM was incorporated. Addition of 10% DOAM in the concentrate mixture caused significant (P<0.05) decrease of methane production from 46.65 mg/g DM (control) to 39.70 ml/gm DM. It can be concluded from the present study that addition of 10% deoiled ajwain meal (DOAM) in the concentrate in concentrate mixture resulted in lower methane production and has no adverse effect on DM, OM and CP digestibility.

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