Abstract: The present study determines the chemical composition and estimation of nutritive value of 2 types of chickpea wastes including Culled Chickpea (CCP) and Chickpea Dehulling by-Products (CDP) using in vitro gas production technique in sheep. The samples were collected from 10 pea packaging and processing factories. The feed samples (200 mg from each ) were incubated with rumen liquor taken from three fistulated Ghezel rams at 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 24, 48, 72 and 96 h. The results showed that Organic Matter (OM), Ether Extract (EE), Non Fibrous Carbohydrates (NFC), starch and Total Phenolic Compounds (TPC) were significantly (p<0.05) greater in CCP than that of CDP, but Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF) were higher in CDP (p<0.05). The Crud Protein (CP) and tannins of two feed samples were similar. There were significant differences (p<0.05) in Dry Matter Digestibility (DMD), Organic Matter Digestibility (OMD), Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA) and Metabolizable Energy (ME) contents (p<0.01) of 2 experimental wastes. Gas productions for 24 h were significantly (p<0.05) higher in CCP than CDP (75.6 vs. 60.6 mL). The gas production constants values (a, b and c) for CCP were 4.6, 85.3 and 0.05 while for CDP were 4.9, 78.6 and 0.05, respectively. In an overall conclusion it seems that, the nutritive value of CCP was higher than that of CDP.
Naser Maheri-Sis , Mohamad Chamani , Ali-Asghar Sadeghi , Ali Mirza-Aghazadeh and Amir-Reza Safaei , 2007. Nutritional Evaluation of Chickpea Wastes for Ruminants Using In vitro Gas Production Technique. Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 6: 1453-1457.