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Century plant (Agave americana)

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 
Century plant, american aloe, ivès bleu, pita, american agave, maguey, garingboom
Synonyms 
Agave expansa Jacobi, Agave picta Salm-Dyck, Agave rasconensis Trel. ex Standl., Agave zonata Trel.
Related feed(s) 
Description 
The leaves grow next to the ground in a massive rosette and are up to 2 m long, upturned and prickly on the edges. The plant has a large candelabra-like stalk that can be as tall as 10 m. Native to Mexico, it is now found in hot dry areas of the mediterranean and in Africa. Young plants contain a sugar-rich sap used in Mexico to make mescal and pulque.
Nutritional aspects
Potential constraints 
It should not be fed in large amounts because it contains saponins that may cause illness.
Ruminants 
It is used for feed in the same way as A. atrovirens,
Nutritional tables

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 84.9 1
Crude protein % DM 6.1 1
Crude fibre % DM 15.6 1
Ether extract % DM 1.3 1
Ash % DM 12.4 1
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 16.5 *

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

References

Anon., 1942

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:43:57

Main analysis Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Dry matter % as fed 14.4 1
Crude protein % DM 7.4 1
Crude fibre % DM 16.0 1
Ether extract % DM 1.3 1
Ash % DM 12.3 1
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 16.6 *

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

References

Fraps, 1932

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:43:57

References
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