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Nieves et al., 2004. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 16 (12)

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Nieves, D. ; Silva, B. ; Terán, O. ; González, C. ; Ly, J., 2004. A note on the chemical composition and feeding characteristics of diets containing Leucaena leucocephala and Arachis pintoi for growing rabbits. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 16 (12)

Feeding characteristics of diets containing leucaena (Leucaena leucocephala) or arachis (Arachis pintoi) leaf meal were determined with 32 California x New Zealand rabbits. Four diets were formulated to contain 30 and 40% of either leucaena or arachis foliage meal and were offered ad libitum during eleven days to growing rabbits weighing on average 0.98 kg according to a randomized block design. The pattern of feed intake, as determined during the first hour after offering the meal in the morning, showed that rabbits spent more time eating the diet containing leucaena than arachis. Daily feed consumption was higher on the leucaena diet (73.6 g DM/day) as compared to arachis (60.7 g/day). Daily feed consumption was directly related (R2 = 0.87) to the number of times the rabbits were observed to be eating during the first hour in the mornning after receiving fresh feed.

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Nieves et al., 2004