Composition and in vitro digestibility of residues from selected pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) varieties
Roxas, D.B. | Lapitan, R.M. | Momongan, V.G.
The nutrient content of leaves from the three varieties of pigeon pea did not vary significantly among cultivars. Except for lignin, the different fiber components of the leaves were significantly higher than the stems. No significant differences among cultivars were observed on the in vitro dry matter and organic matter digestibility of leaves and stems. However, the leaves had significantly higher digestibility than the stems. The higher the leaf to stem ratio among cultivars, the higher the in vitro and organic matter digestibility. Conversely, the lower the leaf to stem, ratio, the higher the neutral detergent fiber and cellulose content of pigeon pea. Results of the analysis showed that the leaves can be used not only as substitute for other leguminous ingredients but also as supplement to rice straw feeding. However, there is a need to determine the in vitro digestibility of the nutrients.Show more [+] Less [-]
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