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Raposo de Medeiros et al., 1993. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 5 (2): 25-30

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Raposo de Medeiros, S. ; Machado, P. F., 1993. Effect of the replacement of steam treated sugarcane bagasse by milo upon performance of finishing cattle. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 5 (2): 25-30
The trial was conducted to determine the effects of substituting milo for steam-treated sugarcane bagasse (STB) on performance of finishing cattle as well as to compare these results with results obtained from similar diets, in which STB was replaced by raw sugarcane bagasse (RSB). The following basal diets were fed : 26% RSB + 47% milo, 38% RSB + 34% milo, 26% STB + 47% milo, 38% STB + 34% milo and 52% STB + 20% milo (dry matter basis). These diets represented the treatments called RB26, RB38, SB26, SB38 and SB52, in the same order. They were completed with: yeast (15%), molasses (6%), cottonseed meal (3%), sodium bicarbonate (0.8%) and minerals (1.7%). There was one more treatment, which half the experimental period was given diet SB52 and the other half diet SB38, named SB52/38. All diets were given to feedlot cattle. Each treatment was given to each of six groups of 10 animals. Treatments SB38 and SB26 resulted in higher daily gain (p<0.05) than treatment RB38. Dry matter intake was higher (p<0.05%) in treatment RB26 than in treatments SB52, SB38, SB26 and RB38. By replacing STB with milo, the daily gain tended to increase, but since dry matter consumption was probably limited by energy intake, those increase were not significant. Comparison data among diets provide clear evidence that the steam treatment improved the sugarcane bagasse utilization.
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Raposo de Medeiros et al., 1993