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Articles by Ali Agus
Total Records ( 2 ) for Ali Agus
  Haig Babikian , Rajeev Kumar Jha , Ali Agus , Muhsin Al Anas and Chusnul Hanim
  Background and Objective: Transportation causes a high level of stress in cattle. Stress is in terms of blood parameters, growth rate, prone to get diseased and mortality. The present trial aimed to reduce the stress level and death in calves occurred during transportation. Materials and Methods: Natural Oil Blend Formulation (NOBF) was designed and developed by combining the natural oils having immunomodulating and stress-releasing properties. The NOBF applied to claves before and during transportation. The NOBF feed was prepared by mixing 2 kg of NOBF in the regular meal. A total of ten weeks trial was performed on 24 Brahman breeds of the calves. The growth performance was recorded in the form of ADG and FCR. Blood parameters were tested before, during and at the end of the experiment to determine the stress level and health conditions. Data analysis performed using SPSS software. Results: The application of NOBF had enhanced productivity and improved the calves' blood parameters during the transportation and rearing period. The diet of NOBF significantly affected final body weight on day 122. However, it did not affect daily gain (p>0.05). The calves in NOBF treated group obtained 7.78% (12 kg) (p<0.05) higher body weight gain as control during the rearing period. The increase in growth rate had a direct impact on economics, i.e., IDR 540,000 per herd compared to control. Conclusion: The obtained results showed that the application of Natural Oil Blend Formulation (NOBF) supplement had worked significantly reducing the stress in transported calves, which resulted in better blood parameters, better productivity and ultimately higher income.
  Ristianto Utomo , Cuk Tri Noviandi , Subur Priyono Sasmito Budhi , Ali Agus and Aryo Mufti Prananda
  Background and Objective: This experiment was conducted to determine the effect of pelleting on quality and storability of ceara rubber (Manihot glaziovii) leaves. Materials and Methods: Following a 2×4 factorial experimental design, ground or pelleted ceara rubber leaves were stored for 4, 6, 8 and 12 weeks. In the pelleting process, 15% DM cassava starch was added as a binder. Both ground and pelleted ceara rubber leaves were stored for 4, 6, 8, or 12 weeks in plastic bags. In the end of each period, nutritive quality of ceara rubber leaves was evaluated. Result: Pelleting the ceara rubber leaves decreased (p<0.01) the crude protein (from 21.7-19.7%) and total carotene (from 84.6-61.5 mg/100 g DM) contents. The crude protein content was not affected by the storage periods but a decrease (p<0.01) in the total carotene content after 12 weeks of storage was noticed. Conclusion: The pelleting with 15% DM cassava starch decreased the crude protein and total carotene contents of ceara rubber leaves but the storing period did not greatly affect those properties.
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