Some aspects of the use of corn silage or corn stover silage in animal feeding

Soliman, S.M.; El Shazly, K.; Akkada, A.R.A.

Alexandria Journal of Agricultural Research 25(3): 423-428


ISSN/ISBN: 0044-7250
Accession: 000501159

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In a feeding trial maize stover silages (made from plants without ears) or whole-plant silages were fed to 10-month-old lambs (a) with no supplements, (b) with urea, (c) with cotton-seed cake or (d) with urea + cotton-seed cake. In a 2nd trial, maize silage was fed to 10-month-old lambs in a similar feeding system for 5 wk. In a 3rd trial, the digestibility of maize stover silage was assessed with sheep or rams (>2 yr old). The av. daily liveweight gain, RGR and feed efficiency of animals with (b), (c) and (d) were higher than with (a); av. daily wt. gains were 105, 133, 140 and 128 g/lamb for (a), (b), (c) and (d), resp., fed stover silage and 103, 123, 126 and 129 g/lamb resp. when fed whole-plant silage. Digestibility coefficients of DM, CP, NFE, CF and ether extract of whole-plant silages tended to be higher than those of stover silage. N retention appeared to be higher in animals fed diets with urea than without.