Livestock-Based Farming Systems, Renewable Resources and the Environment
Fifteen weaned crossbred goats (Bachthao x local female) with initial live weights of 11.6 (0.45) kg was used in an experiment to evaluate the effect of five different diets on intake and daily gain of growing goats. The diets were composed of water hyacinth leaves silage fed ad libitum supplemented with Melia azedarach foliage at five levels: 0.9, 1.2, 1.5, 1.8 and 2.1% of LW on DM basis. DM intake and daily weight gain of goats were improved when Melia azedarach foliage supplement increased in diet. Goats had higher live weight gain at 1.5% of LW on DM basis of Melia azedarach supplement.