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College of Veterinary Science
Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara, Guwahati - 781022

Bioinformatics Infrastructure Facility
(Sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India)


Department of Animal Nutrition
(Established in 1963)



Head of the Department:

DR. B.N. Saikia
Phone: 0361-2338710, 098640-78549(M)


Faculty members:




Field of specialization

Phone nos.

e-mail address

Dr. D.N. Sarma


Ruminant Nutrition



Dr R.Bhuyan


Ruminant Nutrition



Dr H.F.Ahmed


Poultry Nutrition



Dr A. Das

Assoc. Professor

Swine Nutrition



Dr A.K.Medhi

Assoc. Professor

Ruminant Nutrition




Ongoing Research Projects:


Title of the Project

Funding Agency


Name of PI

Date of implementation

Bioavailability enhancement of nutrients of  feedstuffs for improving performance of  animals.



Dr R.Bhuyan

May, 2012

Enhancing Livelihoods Through Livestock Knowledge  Systems (Nutrition pilot)

International  Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)


Dr B.N.Saikia

December, 2012

Effect of processed low-cost diets utilizing agriculture/forest by-products and crop residues on growth, milk production and nutrient utilization in cattle

World Bank 
(63.41 lakh)

Dec 2006 to March 2010

Dr. B.N. Saikia

December, 2006


Salient achievements:

@ Chemical composition and Nutritive value of different unconventional forages were evaluated.

@ Nutrient requirement of protein and energy of various ruminant and non-ruminant species have been estimated.

@ Chemical composition and nutritive value of some agro-industrial /forest and sericulture industry by-products were evaluated.

@ Level of incorporation of these by-products in different ruminant and non-ruminant species were standardized.

@ Improvement of paddy straw, level of moisture, urea and molasses were standardized.

@ Improvement of paddy straw was also done by ensiling with paddy straw.

@ Evolved economic ration for poultry incorporating fruits, vegetable factory waste viz. Orange peel, cauliflower leaves, cabbage outer leaves ,Indian plum, keturi(dry), blood meal, factory tea waste etc.

@ Evolved economic ration for growing and finishing pigs utilizing colocasia (colocacia esculenta) and rice fermented waste.

@ The level of Turmeric (Curcuma longa) and Curry leaves (Murraya koneigi) as feed supplement in the ration of growing pigs was standardized.

@ Nutritional status of livestock especially dairy cattle has been assessed.

@ Evolved economic ration for goats utilizing agro-industrial by products i.e. Ajar seed (Lagerstroemia flos-reginae)

@ Different organic waste namely poultry litter, poultry manure and cow dung manure can be used in broiler ration replacing cereal grains and their by-products with distinct economic advantage.

@ Chemical composition and nutritive value of different unconventional forages were evaluated in different ruminant species and classified on the basis of nutrient density on DM basis.

@ Identified thirty eight (38) numbers of forages and tree leaves as feed for wild elephant in the Sonitpur district of Assam.



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