Animal Feeding / CCAFS / East Africa / Feeds / Fodder / ILRI / Kenya / Mazingira / Research / SLS

Digestibility and metabolizable energy of selected tropical feedstuffs estimated by in vitro and prediction equations

In vivo determination of digestible organic matter (dOM) and metabolizable energy (ME) concentrations of feeds is laborious and expensive, whereas analysis of their nutrient contents is routinely performed. Prediction equations based on the chemical composition of feeds can be a compromise.

This poster, produced for the Tropentag 2016 conference, highlights a study that compared dOM and ME estimates of tropical feeds derived from selected equations with those determined by the in vitro gas production method. Samples of supplement feedstuffs and the herbaceous and ligneous vegetation on native pastures were collected in Lower Nyando, in Kenya.

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