The development of organic rearing regimen for Taiwan buffalo
Taiwan water buffalo tolerated the environment and climate; meanwhile, they accepted many kinds of the forage and grazing. We developed the organic rearing regimen for Taiwan buffalo. This experiment was conducted to investigate the growth performance, carrying capacity and feed intake of Taiwan buffalo on organic and conventional pasture. The result showed that there was no significant difference between average daily gain weights on organic or conventional pasture. However, there was a significant difference on the γ- glutamyltransferase value in the blood of buffalo between these two groups. The estimation of carrying capacity of organic or conventional pasture was 9.89 vs. 5.40 AUM. As far as concerned about 250 kg growing buffalo grazing, the carrying capacity of these two pastures were 14.5 head / acre and 7.92 head / acre respectively.
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