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Preliminary studies on the
intake and digestibility of tropical feed-stuffs by goats and sheep indigenous
to Zambia, by E.A. Gihad, Zambia Journal of Science and Technology,
Vol.2, no.1, January 1977, Pg. 18-22.
The intake and digestability of five feedstuffs were investigated using
indigenous 'small Easter African' goats and 'Dorper' sheep. Dry matter intake,
expressed on the basis of metabolic weight [W0.75], by goats was significantly
higher [P<0.01] than that by sheep. Differences in nutrients digestibilities
were not significant except for crude fibre which was higher for goats [P<0.01].
Better digestibilities of crude fibre by goats could be a favourable adaptation
in the tropics where feed are scarce and fibrous.
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