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The present study was designed for the determination of the comparative effect of feeding various concentrations of sugar beet pulp (SBP) and to estimate the increase in live body weight and their economic values, inDamani goats maintained at Livestock Research and Development Station, Paharpur, Dera Ismail Khan. The feeding trial was conducted on 20 numbers of Damani kids of06 months age and average weight of 28 + 0.5 Kg. The animals were randomly distributed into four different groups,vizGroup A, B, C and Group D, comprising 05 animals each. The animals of each group were fed with untreated sugar beet pulp, 2% urea treated SBP, 4% urea treated SBP and control group, respectively. The trial was conducted for the period of 35 days post adaptation period of 10 days. Average feed intake of various groups, A, B, C and D was 1005.4+ 3.034, 1116+3.069, 1048.5+3.085 and 1034.2+3.024, per day respectively. Average weight gain of the animals of different groups was 123.736 , 138.99 ±3.22, 145.865 and 113.977 3.468, per day respectively. As per statistical tools, it was found from the study that the animals of group C, fed with 4% urea treated SBP showed significantly higher weight gain (P<0.05) compared to other groups (Group A, B and D). The feed conversion ratio of all the groups was also estimated, and found 9.084 0.0446, 8.66 0.0378, 7.37 0.0408 and 9.825 0.029, per day respectively, regarding which the group A showed higher feed conversion ratio. Therefore, in this study, it has been concluded that the animals of Group C, fed with 4% urea treated SBP showed maximum weight gain. It reveals that the animals raised by the farmers for fattening purposes would show improved weight gain if their feeding ration is supplemented with sugar beet pulp treated with urea @ 4%.
Keywords: Damani Goat; Feed Conversion Ratio; Sugar Beet Pulp; Urea