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

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Abstract

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
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)438-440
Numero di pagine959
RivistaItalian Journal of Animal Science
Volume8
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2009

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Morus (Moraceae)
dairy sheep
mulberries
hay
ewes
diet
Hedysarum coronarium
leaves
milk fat
milk yield
dietary fiber
urea
ingestion
sheep
proteins

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