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White mulberry (Morus alba)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This datasheet is pending revision and updating; its contents are currently derived from FAO's Animal Feed Resources Information System (1991-2002) and from Bo Göhl's Tropical Feeds (1976-1982).

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Description
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Common names 

White mulberry, gewone moerbei, witmoerbei, sang, mûrier blanc, weißer maulbeerbaum, amoreira branca, mora, moral blanco, morera blanca

Synonyms 

Morus alba f. tatarica Ser., Morus alba var. constantinopolitana Loudon, Morus alba var. multicaulis (Perr.) Loudon, Morus indica L., Morus multicaulis Perr.

Related feed(s) 
Description 

Wide-spreading round-headed tree up to 15 m high with grey or greyish yellow branches bearing thin, rather small light-green leaves.

Nutritional aspects
Ruminants 

The leaves are palatable to cattle. In North Africa the coppice shoots are harvested for animal fodder.

Pigs 

Mulberry in pig feeding (Cuba)

Nutritional tables
Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value 

Avg: average or predicted value; SD: standard deviation; Min: minimum value; Max: maximum value; Nb: number of values (samples) used

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This datasheet is pending revision and updating; its contents are currently derived from FAO's Animal Feed Resources Information System (1991-2002) and from Bo Göhl's Tropical Feeds (1976-1982).

Main analysis Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Dry matter % as fed 28.4 3.4 24.2 35.1 9
Crude protein % DM 19.4 3.9 11.5 25.3 13
Crude fibre % DM 15.7 2.4 13.3 20.2 6
NDF % DM 32.0 9.9 22.5 55.2 9
ADF % DM 19.4 2.8 15.4 22.5 8
Lignin % DM 5.0 1.7 3.9 7.0 3
Ether extract % DM 5.6 2.3 3.0 7.4 3
Ash % DM 13.2 4.2 7.9 22.2 13
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 18.1 17.4 18.1 2 *
 
Minerals Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Calcium g/kg DM 27.4 7.5 22.0 36.0 3
Phosphorus g/kg DM 4.5 1.8 2.4 5.7 3
Potassium g/kg DM 17.5 1
Sodium g/kg DM 2.0 1
Magnesium g/kg DM 5.6 4.0 7.2 2
Zinc mg/kg DM 109 1
Copper mg/kg DM 20 1
Iron mg/kg DM 782 1
 
Secondary metabolites Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Tannins (eq. tannic acid) g/kg DM 7.7 1
Tannins, condensed (eq. catechin) g/kg DM 14.4 12.7 16.0 2
 
Ruminant nutritive values Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
OM digestibility, Ruminant % 72.7 4.9 67.0 79.2 5
Energy digestibility, ruminants % 69.1 *
DE ruminants MJ/kg DM 12.5 *
ME ruminants MJ/kg DM 10.0 *
Nitrogen digestibility, ruminants % 71.4 5.9 62.1 77.6 5

The asterisk * indicates that the average value was obtained by an equation.

References

Alibes et al., 1990; Cheema et al., 2011; Chiv Phiny et al., 2008; CIRAD, 1991; Dongmeza et al., 2009; González-García et al., 2008; Gowda et al., 2004; Kanpukdee Suchitra et al., 2008; Leterme et al., 2006; Makkar et al., 1998; Sen, 1938; Shayo et al., 1999

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:45:22

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