The banana plant as cattle feed: digestibility and voluntary intake of mixtures of sugar cane and banana forage
Ffoulkes, D.; Preston, T.R.
Tropical Animal Production 3(2): 125-129
The 4 zebu bulls of about 200 kg bodyweight were in a 4 X 4 Latin square trial with periods of 14 days; in a 5th period the validity of the 1-week period of adaptation was confirmed. Diets were of chopped whole sugar cane and banana plant each 100, 67 or 33% of the DM, that is, 100, 40 or 14% of fresh material. Banana plant was 80% pseudostem and 20% leaves. Molasses and urea were added to each to give equal N in all diets. Apparent digestibility of DM was significantly higher, 71.8%, and so was intake of DM, 2.15 kg/100 kg bodyweight daily, with cane:banana 67:33 than with any other diet. Digestibility was lowest for cane alone, 49.3%, and intake was least for banana alone, 1.07 kg/100 kg bodyweight.