The banana plant as cattle feed: effect of different levels of banana leaves on voluntary intake of chopped sugar cane stalk

Meyreles, L.; Preston, T.R.

Tropical Animal Production 3(3): 229-233


Accession: 000766619

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The 4 male zebu cattle of 264 to 366 kg bodyweight got freely chopped sugar cane stalks without the tops and a solution of 20% urea in molasses at 50 g/kg fresh cane, and minerals. Cane was of poor quality, 14.5 deg Brix instead of the adequate 20 deg . In a 4 X 4 Latin square trial with periods of 21 days, with measurements in the last 7 days, the 4 cattle got chopped fresh banana leaf including petiole none or at 2.5, 4 or 5.5% of liveweight daily given on top of the sugar cane. Voluntary intake was small. Banana leaf replaced cane so that the total intake of DM did not differ significantly among treatments. The only treatment that increased DM intake and did not depress cane intake was with banana leaf at 4% of liveweight, which was near the proportion used by Ffoulkes and Preston (see ref. below).