Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances

Year: 2012
Volume: 11
Issue: 17
Page No. 3119 - 3124

Application of Linear Programming Technique to Formulate Least Cost Balanced Ration for Calves-Fattening in Jordan

Authors : Bassam Aldeseit, Mohammed I. Majdalawi and Mysaa Ata

Abstract: This study aimed at using the linear programming technique to formulate balanced least cost ration for calves-fattening at the different stages of age. The feed ingredients used were: barley, yellow corn, soybean, wheat bran, vitamin/mineral complex, salt, limestone and dicalcium phosphate. Constructed Linear Programming (LP) Models were designed to reflect various feedstuff combinations used in the diet formulation, current market prices, nutrient composition and range of inclusion to obtain a least-cost ration for fattening-calves according to the available feedstuffs in Jordan. The objective of the models was to minimize cost of producing a particular diet after satisfying a set of constraints. The results showed that the ration for each age group of fattening calves varies according to their nutrient requirements, weight and age. The results also revealed that the ration for age group >12 months of age was the least cost compared to the other two age groups ration combinations. It was 278.10 JDs. The 3-6 months age group was the highest in cost with 283.16 JDs. The age group of 6-12 months was almost the same as the group 3-6 months of age.

How to cite this article:

Bassam Aldeseit, Mohammed I. Majdalawi and Mysaa Ata, 2012. Application of Linear Programming Technique to Formulate Least Cost Balanced Ration for Calves-Fattening in Jordan. Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 11: 3119-3124.

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