Revista Brasileira de Zootecnia
On-line version ISSN 1806-9290
RODRIGUES, Carla Aparecida Florentino et al. Intake, digestibility and milk production the dairy goats fed diets containing different level of crude protein and net energy ratio. R. Bras. Zootec. [online]. 2007, vol.36, n.5, suppl., pp. 1658-1665. ISSN 1806-9290. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-35982007000700026.
Intake, digestibility of dry matter and nutrients, milk production and composition were evaluated with four isoenergetic diets containing 1.53 Mcal of net energy/kg DM and 11.4, 16.5, 19.5, and 22.6% CP. The effect of energy and PB levels were evaluated by considering the ratio of protein content and net energy concentration of the diets, obtaining values of 7.3, 10.8, 12.9, and 14.8. Eight goats were assigned to two 4 x 4 latin square design. The experimental period lasted 21 days, with 14 days for adaptation of animals and seven days for samplings. Higher DM intakes were obtained with diets with CP/NE ratio different from 7.3. The supply of the diets with lower CP/NE ratios resulted in higher intakes of NFC and EE and and reduction in TDN and NE intakes. Apparent digestibility of NFC and NDF were not altered. Higher digestibility of EE was observed when lower CP/NE ratio was used. CP digestibility decreased with the supply of diet with lower CP/NE ratio (7.3), probably due to the addition to the diet of nitrogen sources of high ruminal degradability (urea). DM digestibility differed when compared to the extreme levels of CP/NE ratio and lower in the CP/NE ratio of 7.3. Higher milk production was observed when compare 14.8 CP/NE ratio with 7.32 and 10.8 CP/NE ratio and no alteration occurred for milk components. Higher efficiency of consumed DM was obtained with diet with higher CP/NE ratio, whereas, the efficiency of N utilization in milk in relation to N intake was reduced in inverse way.
Keywords : goats; animal response; milk composition.