Utilization of mulberry leaves (Morus latifolia cv. Kokusou 21) in diets for dairy ewes

Gabriele Tornambè, Massimo Todaro, Adriana Bonanno, Antonino Di Grigoli, Maria Luisa Scatassa, Pietro Giaccone

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Twelve Valle del Belice lactating ewes were divided into three homogeneous groups and fed ad libitum the following diets in a 3 x 3 Latin square design: sulla hay (HA); sulla hay and Mulberry leaves (M. leaves) (HM); M. leaves (MU). DM intake of MU ewes was lower than that of HM ewes, with an intermediate level for HA ewes. HM ewes showed to prefer M. leaves to hay, but their need to balance the high protein and low NDF contents of M. leaves by eating hay also emerged. Milk yield increased as the dietary content of M. leaves increased- In addition, the use of HM and MU diets led to higher milk fat and urea content in comparison with the HA diet. The results confirmed that M. leaves are a suitable fresh feeding source for sheep, and suggested to use them in association with fibre-rich feeds
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438-440
Number of pages959
JournalItalian Journal of Animal Science
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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  • Animal Science and Zoology

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