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Melon (Cucumis melo)

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 
Melon, cantaloup, muskmelon, cantaloupe, muskmelon, netted melon, nutmeg melon, persian melon, rock melon, mélon, zuckermelone, melão
Synonyms 
Bryonia collosa Rottler, Cucumis chito C. Morren, Cucumis collosus (Rottler) Cogn., Cucumis dudaim L., Cucumis dudaim var. aegyptiacus Sickenb., Cucumis flexuosus L., Cucumis melo subsp. conomon (Thunb.) Greb., nom. inval., Cucumis melo var. acidulus Naudin, Cucumis melo var. aegyptiacus (Sickenb.) Hassib, Cucumis melo var. agrestis Naudin, Cucumis melo var. ameri Gabaev, Cucumis melo var. dudaim (L.) Naudin, Cucumis melo var. duripulposus Filov, nom. inval., Cucumis melo var. hibernus Filov, nom. inval., Cucumis melo var. makuwa Makino, Cucumis melo var. microspermus Nakai ex Kitam., Cucumis melo var. reticulatus Naudin, Cucumis melo var. utilissimus (Roxb.) Duthie & J. B. Fuller, Cucumis microspermus Nakai, Cucumis momordica Roxb., Cucumis trigonus Roxb., Cucumis utilissimus Roxb.
Related feed(s) 
Description 
Round to oval fleshy fruit about 10-15 cm in diameter produced by a creeping annual with large leaves. There are many varieties in cultivation.
Nutritional aspects
Nutritional attributes 
They are sometimes given as a relish to cattle ad pigs, but furnish few nutrients because of their high water content.
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
Crude protein % DM 27.4 1
Crude fibre % DM 16.9 1
Ether extract % DM 2.8 1
Ash % DM 4.5 1
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 19.7 *
 
Minerals Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Calcium g/kg DM 29.8 1
Phosphorus g/kg DM 6.8 1
Potassium g/kg DM 56.8 1
Sodium g/kg DM 0.1 1
Magnesium g/kg DM 14.1 1

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

References

Bartha, 1970

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:44:34

Main analysis Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Dry matter % as fed 8.2 6.6 9.7 2
Crude protein % DM 17.7 3.1 15.3 21.2 3
Crude fibre % DM 24.8 21.2 28.4 2
NDF % DM 8.0 1
Ether extract % DM 4.8 5.7 0.2 11.2 3
Ash % DM 15.7 8.8 9.0 25.7 3
Gross energy MJ/kg DM 17.5 *
 
Minerals Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Calcium g/kg DM 4.9 4.5 5.3 2
Phosphorus g/kg DM 4.4 3.0 5.7 2
Potassium g/kg DM 49.6 1
Magnesium g/kg DM 3.8 1
 
Ruminant nutritive values Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
OM digestibility, ruminants (gas production) % 84 1
ME ruminants (gas production) MJ/kg DM 8.3 1
 
Pig nutritive values Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Energy digestibility, growing pig % 51.2 *
DE growing pig MJ/kg DM 9.0 *

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

References

CIRAD, 1991; Neumark, 1970; Tobias Marino et al., 2010

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:44:34

Main analysis Unit Avg SD Min Max Nb
Dry matter % as fed 95.0 1
Crude protein % DM 16.4 1
NDF % DM 43.9 1
ADF % DM 26.7 1
Lignin % DM 8.6 1
Ether extract, HCl hydrolysis % DM 8.9 1
Ash % DM 20.4 1

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

References

Cirad, 2008

Last updated on 24/10/2012 00:45:27

References
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