Effect of supplementation with banana or sweet potato forage on the voluntary intake of sugar cane stalk

Meyreles, L.; Preston, T.R.

Tropical Animal Production 4(1): 96


Accession: 000871147

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Av. daily intake during the last 7 days of a 21-day trial by Zebu bulls of about 500 kg liveweight of chopped sugar cane stalk fed ad lib. with a molasses/20% urea sol. added at 50 g/day and sweet potato forage given at 0, 2.5, 5.0 or 7.5% of liveweight was 11.6, 11.9, 10.3 and 9.9 kg and total DM intake was 3.9, 4.8, 5.2 and 5.7 kg, resp. In a similar trial in which banana leaves at 0, 2.5, 4.0 or 5.5% of liveweight were substituted for sweet potato forage, av. daily sugar cane and total DM intake was 11.3, 9.1, 9.1 and 5.9 kg and 3.7, 3.6, 4.3 and 3.7 kg, resp. Sweet potato forage levels were highly correlated with total DM intake (r2 = 0.97) without significantly affecting sugar cane intake.