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Ruminant Nutrition and Forage Utilization
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 1995;8(3): 301-305.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.1995.301    Published online June 1, 1995.
Feed and fodder availability in the Pabna milk shed area, Bangladesh
M. Islam, N. R. Sarker, M. M. Islam, L. Yasmin
The study was conducted at village level in Pabna milkshed areas of Bangladesh to asses the existing feed and fodder sources of cattle. The results showed that the overall number of cattle per farm family was 7.17 and chicken represents highest number(15.57) per farm family in this area. The results also indicated that during monsoon season the bathan is planted with Vigna mungo and Lathyrus sativus and average grazing hours per day varied from 1.1 in October to 5.6 in February. In Summer, they were offered naturally grown Cynodon dactylon with supplementary feeding of rice straw. The study further showed that the highest(65.7%) feed scarcity was foung during mid April to mid May followed by mid June. The cultivation of Vigna mungo was highest(76.71%) compared to Lathyrus sativus by the farmers in the bathan areas. The major constraint to cattle production is the scarcity of quality feed during mid October to mid November
Keywords: Milkshed Area; Feed and Fodder; Vigna mungo; Lathyrus sativus

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