Voluntary intake and digestibility of fresh, wilted and dry Leucaena (Leucaena leucocephala) at four levels to a basal diet of guinea grass (Panicum maximum)

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Sixty crossbred Anglo-Nubian goats (growing females), 18-24 mo of age, with a mean pre-experimental live weight of 20.9±0.44 kg were used to investigate voluntary dry matter intake (DMI) and digestibility of supplements of Leucaena leucocephala (LL) leaves to a basal diet of guinea grass. The experiment was a 3 forms of presentation: fresh, wilted and dryx4 levels of supplementation: 10, 20, 30 and 40% of total forage allowance with LL leaves. The goats were assigned based on weight and age to one of the twelve diets in a randomized manner and each level had five animals (replicates) per diet for 56 days. The form of presentation of LL leaves had effects on dry matter (DM) and nutrient composition. DM and NDF were higher in the dry LL leaves (p

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  • DM Intake
  • Digestibility
  • Dry
  • Fresh
  • Goats
  • Growth
  • Leucaena Leucocephala
  • Wilted

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  • Eroarome Martin Aregheore

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