The present study was planned to compare the efficiency and economic of Total Mixed Baled Ration (TMBR) with other feeding systems by feeding them to
Beetal kids and Lohi lambs. Eighteen male young ones (8-9 months) each of Beetal and Lohi were selected and randomly divided into six groups. Group A, B and C comprised of kids while group D, E and F were allotted to lambs six animals in each group. Groups A and D were fed on conventional feeding system comprising of chopped green fodder ad libitum along with supplementation of concentrate (T3) @ 1 % of body weight of lamb/kid. The groups B and E were given berseem hay ad libitum along with the supplement of concentrate @ 1 % of body weight (T2). Group C and F were given TMBR (T1) ad libitum for 90 days. The results showed that average daily feed intake was 1376, 1283 and 1130 g for lambs and 821.6, 857.95 and 714 g for kids in T1, T2 and T3, respectively. The average daily weight gains were 153, 116 and 66 g in lambs and 100, 90 and 50 g in kids in T1, T2 and T3, respectively. The carcass percentages were 42.29, 40.94 and 37.99 for lambs and 40.32, 42.28 and 39.46 for kids in T1, T2 and T3, respectively. Results indicated that use of TMBR was more economical in lambs while in kids, TMBR and fodder plus concentrate were statistically comparable.
Keywords: Baled ration, mutton production, efficiency