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Title: Nutritive value of banana (Musa acuminata L.) fruits for ruminants
Authors: Pieltain Cansado, María del Carmen
Castañón Rodríguez, José Ignacio 
Rodríguez Ventura, Myriam 
Flores Mengual, María Pastora 
UNESCO Clasification: 3104 Producción Animal
310406 Nutrición
310906-1 Nutrición. Rumiantes
Keywords: Protein
Banana
Ruminal degradability
In vitro digestibility
Intake, et al
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: 0377-8401
Journal: Animal Feed Science and Technology 
Abstract: The nutritive value of unripe banana fruits for goats was studied by ruminal degradability, in vitro digestibility and voluntary intake trials. Banana fruits contained 209 g dry matter (DM) kg(-1) and their average composition per kg DM was 922 g organic matter (OM), 21 g ether extract, 60 g crude protein and 166 g neutral detergent fibre. Degradable and digestible OM content of bananas was 628 and 783 g kg(-1) DM, respectively. Degradability of crude protein was 74.1%. The net energy for lactation (NE1) content of bananas was estimated to be 7.55 MJ NE1 kg(-1) DM. Daily voluntary banana intake was more than 95% of the offered amount (5 kg fresh fruits). The good palatability and high energy content make unripe banana fruits a suitable feed for goats, similar to barley but with lower protein content.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/47068
ISSN: 0377-8401
DOI: 10.1016/S0377-8401(98)00134-5
Source: Animal Feed Science and Technology [ISSN 0377-8401], v. 73, p. 187-191
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