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Effect of Urea Molasses Mineral Block (UMMB) on Nutrient Utilization in Deoni Bullocks under Sorghum (Sorghum Bicolor) Stover Based Feeding System

Ramachandra B Thirumalesh T Ashok Pawar Suranagi D M
Vol 2(3), 159-162

Four pairs of Deoni bullocks were fed only with sorghum and concentrate supplement (Control group – T0) and followed by urea molasses mineral block (UMMB) plus control diet (Treatment group – T1) to study the effect of UMMB on nutrient utilization for 21 days each. The DMI in T1 group was significantly ( ) increased (6.0 v/s 7.1 kg/d/h). The average intake of UMMB (kg/d) was 0.54 in bullocks of treatment group. The intake of OM, CP, CF and NFE were also significantly increased ( ) when compared to control group. The digestibility of DM, OM and CF were improved significantly () and DCP content of the diet was increased from 5.30 in T0 group to 6.22 in T1 group. It was concluded that UMMB supplementation in Deoni bullocks improved nutrient intake, digestibility and DCP content of the diet in sorghum based feeding system.

Keywords : Deoni bullock UMMB Nutrient intake Digestibility


Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) is a subsistence crop grown by small farmers and the nutritive value of stover is assessed by their level of digestible nutrients, intake and efficiency of utilization of absorbed nutrients. Energy requirement for maintenance in cattle and buffaloes can almost be met with sorghum stover alone and further improvement in intake and digestibility due to treatment could be beneficial in meeting the production requirement to some extent. (Joshi et al, 1988; Prasad et al., 1993). Supplementary feeding of urea molasses mineral blocks (UMMB) is one of the methods of improving the productivity of livestock under poor quality roughage based feeding system as UMMB provides a constant source of degradable nitrogen throughout the day and promote growth of rumen microbes in ruminants (Greenwood et al., 2000; Ramesh et al., 2009). Hence the study was conducted in Deoni bullocks fed with sorghum stover and UMMB as supplement to know its effect on nutrient utilization.

Materials and Methods

Two feeding trials were conducted on four pairs of Deoni bullocks (B.Wt. 350-400kg; Age; 5-7 yrs) for 21 days each which included one week adjustment period, one week observation period and the last week collection period. In the first trial, the bullocks were fed only ad libitum sorghum stover and 2 kg concentrate supplement (T0) (Maize-20, Wheat bran-20, Rice polish-10, GNC-25, Green gram chunni-10, Red gram chunni-10, Limestone powder-2, salt-2 and Mineral mixture-1 kg) whereas in the subsequent second trial, bullocks were fed the control diet with free choice of UMMB (T1). The feed intake, dry matter intake, energy intake and UMMB intake were recorded daily during the trial. The feed samples and the dung samples collected during the study were subjected for proximate analysis (AOAC, 1995) and detergent system of fiber analysis (Georing and Van Soest, 1970). The data was analyzed statistically through switch over design according to Snedecor and Cocheren (1965).

Results and Discussion

The chemical composition of concentrate supplement (CS), sorghum straw and UMMB are given in Table 1. The CP, NFE and TA content of UMMB were 30, 42 and 20% respectively. The CP content of UMMB was higher than the values reported by Ramesh, et al. (2009) where as equal to the values reported in various studies (Zile et al. 2005; Zile et al. 2007).


Table 1. Chemical composition (% DM basis) of concentrate supplement, sorghum stover and UMMB.

Particulars Concentrate Supplement Sorghum Stover UMMB
DM             95.76 90.93 88
OM 78.96 91.97 80
TA 21.04 8.03 20
CP 20.27 4.09 30
EE 3.75 1.53 2.5
CF 13.18 34.77 5
NFE 41.76 51.58 42
NDF 32.92 65.68
ADF 17.39 40.30


Table 2. Average  intake of nutrients (kg/d) and UMMB (kg/d) in Deoni bullocks.

Particular T0 T1  
Concentrate Supplement 1.92 ±0.01 1.92 ±0.01
Sorghum Stover 4.08a ± 0.25 4.64b ± 0.27
UMMB 0.00 0.54 ± 0.07
Total DMI 6.00a ± 0.25 7.10b ± 0.33
Per 100kg B.wt. 1.58a±0.15 1.87b±0.18
Total OMI 5.26a±0.09 6.22b±0.11
Per 100kg B.wt. 1.38a±0.07 1.64b±0.12
Total CPI 0.56a±0.01 0.74b±0.01
Per 100kg B.wt. 0.15a±0.01 0.19b±0.01
Total EEI 0.13±0.0 0.16±0.01
Per 100kg B.wt. 0.03±0.0 0.04±0.0
Total CFI 1.67a±0.03 1.89b±0.04
Per 100kg B.wt. 0.44a±0.02 0.50b±0.03
Total NFEI 2.9a±0.05 3.42b±0.06
Per 100kg B.wt. 0.76a±0.04 0.90b±0.05
Total NDFI 3.31±0.06 3.68±0.07
Per 100kg B.wt. 0.87±0.05 0.97±0.07
Total ADFI 1.98±0.04 2.21±0.04
Per 100kg B.wt. 0.52±0.03 0.58±0.03


Table 3.Nutrient digestibility (%), density (%) and intake (Kg/d)  (%) in Deoni bullocks.

Particulars T0 T1
Nutrient digestibility
DM 63.56a  ± 1.90 66.13b ± 1.19
OM 68.24a ± 1.94 70.08b ± 1.43
CP 57.20 ± 4.47 59.65 ± 3.48
EE 72.47 ± 3.10 72.75 ± 3.54
CF 61.66a ± 2.63 64.82b ± 2.28
NFE 73.92 ± 1.63 75.10 ± 1.28
NDF 58.83 ± 2.56 60.45 ± 1.83
ADF 57.34 ± 1.87 57.88 ± 2.05
Nutrient density
DCP 5.30a ± 0.57 6.22b ± 0.42
TDN 62.08 ± 1.83 63.31 ± 1.35
ME, MJ/kg diet 9.40 ± 0.26 9.57 ± 0.20
Nutrient intake
DCP 0.32a± 0.02 0.44b±0.03
TDN 3.72a± 0.13 4.50b ± 0.19
ME, MJ/d 56.32a ± 1.99 67.96b ± 2.84


The average intake of nutrients and UMMB are given in Table 2. The DMI from sorghum stover  (4.08 v/s 4.68 kg/d/h) and the total DMI (6.0 v/s 7.1 kg/d/h)were significantly increased in UMMB fed group.  The average intake of UMMB (kg/d) was 0.54 in T1 group which was higher than the intake of buffaloes (0.309 kg/d) and jersey cows (0.284 kg/d) in the experiment conducted by Ramesh et al. (2009). The significantly (P≤0.01) improved DMI in T1 group in this study was similar to the results of Chauhan et al. 1997; Zile et al. 2007; Ramesh et al. 2009). The intake of OM, CP, CF and NFE were also significantly increased over control group due to UMMB supplementation. These findings were corroborated with the findings of studies on different species on crop residue based feeding system (Chauhan et al., 1997; Greenwood et al., 2000; Ramesh et al., 2009).

The significant increase in digestibility of DM, OM and CF in T1 group and non significant increase in CP, EE and NFE digestibility indicated that UMMB supplementation has helped in improving the fiber digestibility due to optimized rumen fermentation (Zile et al., 2005; Ramesh et al., 2009). The DCP content of the diet was improved significantly from 5.30 in T0 group to 6.22 in T1 group where as no significant difference was observed in TDN content of the diet. However, DCP and TDN intake were significantly higher in T1 group.

Hence, it was concluded that the improved nutrient intake, digestibility and nutrient density of the diet in working animals supplemented with UMMB definitely increase the working efficiency of the animals besides reducing the cost of feeding.


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