Comparison of Leucaena leucocephala and groundnut cake as protein sources for beef cattle fed ad libitum molasses/urea in Mauritius

Hulman, B.; Owen, E.; Preston, T.R.

Tropical Animal Production 3(1): 1-8


Accession: 000618659

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After 4 weeks becoming accustomed to the diets, 30 beef cattle of initial bodyweight 80 to 300 kg aged 1 to 2 years were given freely for 14 weeks the basal diet of molasses with 3% urea, minerals and water. Supplements for 5 groups were of fresh Leucaena leucocephala at 2% of bodyweight daily, or 3.5%, or given freely, which was 4.6%, or of groundnut oilmeal, poor grass and extra vitamins to provide the same amount of N and crude fibre as from leucaena at 2% of bodyweight or about 75% of that amount. Cattle given leucaena did not require extra vitamins. Mean daily gains adjusted for differences in initial liveweight were with supplements in the order named 791, 737, 848, 744 and 595 g.