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Title: Effects of replacing rye-grass (Lolium spp.) hay by banana (Musa acuminata L.) by-products on feed intake, growth, and feed conversion rate of Canary hair sheep breed (Pelibuey) lambs
Authors: Barbera, M.
Jaber, J. R. 
Ahmed-Salek, S.
Ravelo-Garcia, A. 
Rodríguez-Ponce, E. 
Rey, L.
Ventura, M. R. 
UNESCO Clasification: 3109 Ciencias veterinarias
Keywords: Canary hair sheep
Banana by-products
Musa acuminata
Growth
Intake
Pelibuey sheep
Issue Date: 2018
Journal: Tropical Animal Health and Production 
Abstract: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of replacing rye-grass (Lolium spp.) hay with banana (Musa acuminata L.) by-products on feed intake, average daily gain (ADG), and feed conversion rate (FCR) in Pelibuey (hair sheep breed) lambs. The lambs (n=22; initial BW=14.8 +/- 2.5kg) were individually housed and fed on two different types of diet for 58days: the first group (experimental diet) received as forage a mixture of fresh banana by-products composed of leaves and pseudostem. The second group received commercial rye-grass hay (conventional diet) as a fiber source. Both groups received a supplementary commercial concentrate food. The total daily forage intake and FCR were lower (P<0.001) in animals fed on the conventional diet (rye-grass hay) than animals fed on the experimental diet (banana by-products). However, there were no significant differences in total dry matter intake, total digestible energy intake, total body weight gain, and ADG between the two groups. The results obtained in this study suggest that banana by-products could be used as alternative forage for Pelibuey lambs raised in subtropical conditions.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/48211
ISSN: 0049-4747
DOI: 10.1007/s11250-018-1618-3
Source: Tropical Animal Health and Production [ISSN 0049-4747], v. 50, p. 1941-1945
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