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dc.contributor.advisor NG’AMBI, J. W. Kgasago, Nkgaugelo 2017-05-24T07:09:18Z 2017-05-24T07:09:18Z 2016
dc.description Thesis (MSc. (Animal Production)) -- University of Limpopo, 2016 en_US
dc.description.abstract A study was conducted to determine the effect of shredded Colophospermum (C.) mopane wood inclusion as roughage on performance of fattening Nguni heifers weighing 200 ± 5kg. The four diets used were isocaloric and isonitrogenous but with different shredded C. mopane wood inclusion levels of 5 (F95M5), 8.5 (F91.5M8.5), 10 (F90M10) and 15 (F85M15) %. The heifers were randomly allocated to the treatments in a completely randomized design. A quadratic equation was used to determine the shredded C. mopane inclusion levels for optimal productivity of the heifers. Shredded C. mopane wood inclusion level had effect (P<0.05) on intake and feed conversion ratio (FCR). Diet DM, OM, CP, NDF and ADF intakes per metabolic weight and FCR of Nguni heifers were optimized at different shredded C. mopane wood inclusion levels of 11.0, 13.7, 8.0, 15.0, 14.0, 14.0 and 15%, respectively. However, shredded C. mopane wood inclusion level did not affect (P>0.05) diet in vitro digestibility, carcass weight, dressing percentage, meat pH, meat shear force values and meat colour intensities except for red colour intensity of rump steak. It was, thus, concluded that shredded C. mopane wood can be used as roughage without adversely affecting diet intake, FCR, and live weight of Nguni heifers. However, diet intake and FCR were optimized at different C. mopane wood inclusion levels. en_US
dc.format.extent viii, 53 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.requires Adobe Acrobat Reader en_US
dc.subject Shredded Colophospermum en_US
dc.subject Nguni heifers en_US
dc.subject Roughage en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Colophospermum en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mopane tree en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Beef cattle -- Feeding and feeds en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Fiber in animal nutrition en_US
dc.title Effect of shredded colophospermum mopane wood inclusion as roughage on performance of fattening nguni heifers en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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