Effects of pelleted sugarcane tops on voluntary feed intake, digestibility and rumen fermentation in beef cattle
Yuangklang, C.; Wanapat, M.; Wachirapakorn, C.
Asian Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 18(1): 22-26
ISSN/ISBN: 1011-2367 Accession: 004136437
Four male crossbred beef steers about 2 years old were used in a 4x4 Latin square design to investigate the effect of pelleted sugarcane tops on voluntary feed intake, rumen fermentation and digestibility of nutrients. Experimental treatments were: Control (dried-chopped sugarcane tops (DCST)); PS1 (Pelleted sugarcane tops at 1 cm of diameter); PS2 (Pelleted sugarcane tops at 2 cm of diameter) and PS3 (Pelleted sugarcane tops at 3 cm of diameter). Roughage intake and total dry matter intake were 1.59, 1.62, 1.61, 1.63% BW and 2.09, 2.12, 2.11 and 2.13% BW in control, PS1, PS2 and PS3 treatments, respectively (p<0.05).