Dried Acacia saligna (Labil) H.L. Wendi. leaves and wheat bran as alternative supplemental feed for sheep fattening in Tigray, northern Ethiopia


  • Gebreslassie Gebru Abergelle Agricultural research Center, P.O.Box-44 Aby Adi; Tigray, Ethiopia
  • Shumuye Belay Mekelle Agricultural Research Center, Ethiopia
  • Mehari Kebede Mekelle Agricultural Research Center, Ethiopia
  • Awet Estifanos Mekelle Agricultural Research Center, Ethiopia
  • Niguse Hagazi World Agroforestry center (ICRAF) Ethiopia office, Ethiopia
  • Tesfay Hagos Tigray Agricultural Research Institute, Ethiopia
  • Flimon Drar Mekelle Agricultural Research Center, Ethiopia


Browse tree, Industrial byproduct, On-farm trial, Weight change


A study was conducted to evaluate the best supplementary practice of dried A. saligna leaves on growth performance of rams and its economic importance. It was carried out at Atsbi-Wemberta, Wukro Kilte-Awlaelo and Saesie-TsaedaEmba districts of Tigray. In each district, one peasant association (PA) was selected except two PAs in Atsbi-Wemberta. A total of 120 farmers who have their own  intact male sheep (two from each) were participated in the on-farm research. Randomized Complete Block Design (RCBD) was applied. Farmers consider as a block and rams in each farmer randomly assigned to each treatment. Two treatments were used; farmer's practice (CTL) and farmers practice + 200 g/d dried A. saligna leaves + 200 g/d wheat bran (AS-WB). Average daily live weight gain (ADLWG) of  rams fed on AS-WB was 50 %higher than the CTL group. A higher ADLWG (86.8 g/d) of rams were achieved at Abrha-Atsbeha followed by 70.3 g/d at Hayelom, while rams in Mariam-Agamet and Barka-Adi-Sibuh were exhibited a weight gain of 46.1 and 35.5 g/d, respectively. Hence, supplementation of highland rams with dried AS-WB is economically important for smallholder farmers than free grazing.


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Gebreslassie Gebru, Shumuye Belay, Mehari Kebede, Awet Estifanos, Niguse Hagazi, Tesfay Hagos, & Flimon Drar. (2016). Dried Acacia saligna (Labil) H.L. Wendi. leaves and wheat bran as alternative supplemental feed for sheep fattening in Tigray, northern Ethiopia. Scientific Journal of Animal Science, 5(1), 212-219. Retrieved from http://www.sjournals.com/index.php/sjas/article/view/216



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