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Growth performance of cattle fed by oil palm empty fruit bunches based feedstuff produced by two difference method

Malaysia is rich with biomass sources from palm oil industry and agricultural waste such as palm kernel meal, palm oil mill effluent, palm fronds, oil palm empty fruit bunches, and others. Oil palm empty fruit bunch has low quality in terms of nutritional value, palatability and digestibility. Therefore, this agricultural waste is not suitable as a source of livestock feed like the other waste. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of different preparation methods of feed on the growth performance of feedlot cattle. A total of ten Mafriwal cattle were used in this study. The animals were divided into two groups and fed with diet containing 40% of oil palm empty fruit bunches and 60% feed based concentrate, given to Group A separately while Group B mixed together. The trial was conducted over a period of 90 days. There were no significant differences between Group A and B. At the end of the trial, the average weight, average daily gain (ADG), average dry matter consumption and feed conversion ratio (FCR) of cattle were 60.9kg, 0.68kg, 5.7kg and 10.29, respectively compared to 34kg, 0.38kg, 6.10kg and 16.45 in Group B. It can be concluded that 40% oil palm empty fruit bunches gave separately with concentrates show better performance to the cattle than those mixed together. Further studies have to be carried out to improve the method of preparation of oil palm empty fruit bunches in order to increase the acceptance of cattle for this agricultural waste source.    

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Mohamad Noor Ibrahim. Growth performance of cattle fed by oil palm empty fruit bunches based feedstuff produced by two difference method. 30th Veterinary Association of Malaysia (VAM) Congress. 19th-20th October, 2018. Hilton Hotel, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.(Abstract of e-Poster Presentation).

 

Mohamad Noor Ibrahim  1Veterinary Institute Malaysia KM 13, Jalan Kluang, Pulau Kampung Batu Jalan Kluang,  86100 Kluang, Johor  Corresponding author: mohamadnor@dvs.gov.my 


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