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Cuban Journal of Agricultural Science

Print version ISSN 0864-0408On-line version ISSN 2079-3480


CARO, Y. et al. In vivo digestibility of nutrients and energy of moringa (Moringa oleifera cv. brasileña) forage meal, for growing-fattening rabbits. Cuban J. Agric. Sci. [online]. 2020, vol.54, n.3, pp.405-412.  Epub Sep 01, 2020. ISSN 0864-0408.

Thirty-two White New Zealand rabbits, at 55 days of age, were used to estimate in vivo digestibility of nutrients in moringa forage meal. Eight animals were randomly distributed in each of the four experimental groups: 0, 100, 200 and 300 g/kg of moringa forage meal. Apparent fecal digestibility of dry matter, organic matter, crude protein, crude energy, neutral detergent fiber and acid detergent fiber was determined. The other evaluated indicator was total content of digestible nutrients (protein and energy). Feed intake was reduced (P> 0.05) in rabbits consuming diets with moringa forage meal. There were no differences in apparent fecal digestibility of nutrients among treatments. Digestible energy: digestible protein relationship increased in rabbits fed with the moringa forage meal in 5.88, 5.29 and 2.50 kcal/g, with respect to control diet. The results demonstrated the nutritional potential of moringa forage meal, when up to 30% is used in rabbit feeding.

Keywords : rabbits; fecal digestibility; digestible protein; digestible energy.

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