Studies on the nutritional properties of neem (Azadirachta indica) leaves at Pantnagar area of Uttarakhand
The present work was carried out to study the nutritional properties of neem (Azadirachta Indica) leaf powder collected from Pantnagar area. Equal quantity of neem leaves were collected from three different places such as College of Veterinary and Animal Science (C.V.A.Sc.), Instructional Poultry Farm (IPF) and Instructional Dairy Farm (IDF) inside the campus of G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology Pantnagar. The leaves powder was prepared for proximate analysis i.e. Dry matter (DM), Crude Protein (CP), Ether Extract (EE), Total Ash (TA), Crude Fiber (CF), Calcium (Ca) and Phosphorus (P). Present study indicated that the neem leaf powder pre-pared from the leaves collected from Instructional Poultry Farm (IPF) have higher dry matter, crude protein and ether extract, whereas the value of calcium and phosphorus were found more in the leaves collected from College of Veterinary and Animal Science. So it can be concluded that neem leaf powder collected from Instructional Poultry Farm (IPF) can be included in the diet of the poultry for getting optimum results in growth performance, carcass characteristics, haematological, biochemical and immunological aspects.
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