Banana forage as a roughage source (with or without sugar cane) for cattle with free access to molasses/urea

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

Tropical Animal Production 4(1): 98


Accession: 000827282

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Daily liveweight gain over 77 days of bulls fed molasses and sugar cane or banana tops or sugar cane/banana top mixtures in the ratio 4:1, 3:2, 2:3 or 1:4 was in the range 180-760 g, with liveweight gain positively correlated (r2 = 0.92) with the amount of banana forage in the diet. In another trial, no significant differences in growth rate occurred when bulls were fed molasses ad lib. and banana forage at 1.5, 3.0, 4.5, 6.0 or 7.5% of liveweight.