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Dahlan et al., 2000. Asian-Aust. J. Anim. Sci., 13 (10): 1407-1413

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Dahlan, I. ; Islam, M. ; Rajion, M. A., 2000. Nutrient intake and digestibility of fresh, ensiled and pelleted oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) frond by goats. Asian-Aust. J. Anim. Sci., 13 (10): 1407-1413

Oil palm frond (OPF) is a new non-conventional fibrous feed for ruminants. Evaluation on the nutritive values and digestibility of OPF was carried out using goats. In a completely randomised design, 20 local male goats were assigned to evaluate fresh and different types of processed OPF. A 60-day feeding trial was done to determine the digestible nutrient intake of fresh, ensiled and pelleted OPF and the response in liveweight gain. The pelleting of OPF increased (p<0.05) intake compared with fresh or ensiled OPF. The OPF based mixed pellet (50% OPF with 15% palm kernel cake, 6% rice bran, 6% soyabean hull, 15% molasses, 2% fish meal, 4% urea, 1.5% mineral mixture and 0.5% common salt) increased (p<0.05) nutrient intake, digestibility and reduced feed refusals. The mixed pellet also increased digestible dry matter intake and digestible organic matter intake over fresh OPF. The increased digestible nutrient intake on the OPF based mixed pellet, resulted in increased liveweight gain of goats. Furthermore, OPF has a good potential as a roughage source when it is used with concentrate supplement. OPF based formulated feed in a pelleted form could be used as a complete feed for intensive production of goats and other ruminants.

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Dahlan et al., 2000