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Kaboré-Zoungrana et al., 2008. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 20 (4): 56

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Kaboré-Zoungrana, C. ; Diarra, B. ; Adandedjan, C. ; Savadogo, S., 2008. Nutritive value of Balanites aegyptiaca as feed for ruminants. Livest. Res. Rural Dev., 20 (4): 56

This study was conducted to evaluate the potential of Balanites aegyptiaca as an edible forage for domestic and wild herbivores during dry season. Results showed that this plant offers edible forage over the entire year, even though compositional variations were observed according to the seasons. Total protein contents were highest in young leaves (223 g/kgDM) and during the raining season. Digestibility values over the entire production cycle ranged between 53.0 to 64.0, 58.0 to 70.0 and 64.0 to 79.0% for dry matter, organic matter and total nitrogen, respectively. An average daily gain of 116 g/day was observed in sheep fed a ration containing 60% Balanites aegyptiaca and 40% Pennisetum pedicellatum hay at 70 g DM/kg BW0.75. Balanites aegyptiaca leaves are good complements to graminae forages in rations for ruminants when the plant is in the stage of sprouting new leaves and new fruits.

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Kaboré-Zoungrana et al., 2008