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Aregheore, 2005. Livest. Res. Rural Devlop. 17 (4): Art. #39

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Aregheore, E. M., 2005. Evaluation and utilization of Noni (Morinda citrifolia) juice extract waste in complete diets of goats. Livest. Res. Rural Devlop. 17 (4): Art. #39

An evaluation of the chemical composition of Noni (Morinda citrifolia) Juice Extract Waste (NJEW) and a study to establish its potential use in complete diets of growing goats was undertaken. NJEW has a CP content of 12.6 %, but high fibre content (NDF, ADF and ADL, hemicellulose and cellulose). The NDF and energy values are 60.9 % and 15.4 MJ/kg DM, respectively, while non-structural carbohydrate content was low (16.7 %). Six growing Anglo-Nubian x Fiji local goats, 7 - 9 m, and initial average body weight of 11.8±0.62 kg were randomly allocated to three diets balanced for body weight and sex in a double 3 x 3 Latin square design. The three diets were: Control (basal diet); basal + 25% NJEW,and basal  + 35% NJEW.  The basal diet was composed of dried bread fruit, dried brewers' grains, dried banana peel, urea and minerals.   The goats found the control diet more palatable as shown by decreasing DMI with increasing level of NJEW. There was a progressive decrease in live weight gain and in the digestibility of DM, CP, ADF and OM with increasing level of NJEW in the complete diets.  The unusual taste and low degradability of essential nutrients may be the factors limiting the use of NJEW in ruminant diets

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Aregheore, 2005