The banana plant as cattle feed: growth of animals given different proportions of banana tops and sugar cane with molasses ad libitum

Rowe, J.B.; Preston, T.R.

Tropical Animal Production 3(3): 193-199


Accession: 000766620

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The 12 male zebu cattle of initial bodyweight 170 to 225 kg got freely a basal diet of molasses with 2.5% urea. For 77 days they got freely fresh chopped whole sugar cane and banana leaves with the petioles, 100, 80 or 60% of either fodder mixed with the other. Liveweight gain was closely related to the proportion of banana leaves in the feed, owing mainly to the greater intake of protein from banana leaves. Cane alone gave poor feed efficiency, perhaps because of secondary fermentation in the rumen.