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Ruminant Nutrition and Forage Utilization
Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 1996;9(3): 271-279.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5713/ajas.1996.271    Published online June 1, 1996.
Effect of flock size on the performance of goats fed Gliricidia-supplemented diet in dryland farming in Bali, Indonesia
I. W. Sukanten, I. M. Nitis, S. Uchida, S. Putra, K. Lana
On-farm experiments were carried out in dryland farming in Bali for 48 weeks to study the effect of flock size on the growth and carcass characteristics of cross-bred goat fed gliricidia-supplemented diet. Eighty four bucks with average live weight of 15.87 kg were allocated in a completely randomized block design arrangement, consisted of three treatments and four blocks. The treatments were 3 goats/2.7 m2(A), 6 goats/5.4 m2(B) and 12 goats/10.8 m2(C), while the floor density was the same(0.9 m2 per goat). Feed consumed by goat B was similar(p>0.10), while feed consumed by goat C was lower(p<0.10) than goat A. Live weight gain of goat B and C were lower(p<0.05) than goat A. FCR of geavier(p<0.10) head and digestive tract, while goat C has heavier(p<0.10) hindlegs and digestive tract than goat A. Goat B has lighter(p<0.10) shoulder, while goat C has lighter shoulder and heavier legs(p<0.10) than goat A. The carcass quality (measured in terms of loin eye muscle area, meat, bone and fat portions) were not affected(p>0.05) by the flock sizes.
Keywords: Flock Size; Goat; Gliricidia sepium; Growth; Carcass Characteristics

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