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PubMed | University Estadual Of Santa Cruz, Instituto Federal Baiano IF BAIANO, State University of Southwest Bahia, Federal University of Bahia and Comissao Executiva do Plano da Lavoura Cacaueira
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Tropical animal health and production | Year: 2016

The aim of this study was to evaluate the intake and apparent digestibility of nutrients, performance, and plasma glucose concentration of ram lambs fed diets containing peach palm meal substituting maize (0, 10, 40, 60, and 85% dry matter (DM)). Thirty Santa Ins rams with an average initial body weight of 21.60.87kg were distributed in a completely randomized design with five diets and six replicates. The substitution of the maize for the peach palm meal affected (P<0.05) the intakes of DM, organic matter (OM), crude protein (CP), neutral detergent fiber corrected for ash and protein (NDFap), total carbohydrates (TC), total digestible nutrients (TDN), and metabolizable energy (ME), which decreased linearly (P<0.05); the intake of ether extract (EE), however, fit an increasing linear equation (P<0.05). The apparent digestibility coefficients of DM, OM, NDFap, and TC decreased linearly (P<0.05) as the level of peach palm meal in the concentrate was increased. The total weight gain and the average daily gain decreased by 0.09 and 0.001kg with each level of substitution of the maize for peach palm meal, respectively. It is recommended to substitute 40% of the maize for peach palm meal.

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