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Khamseekhiew et al., 2001. Asian-Aust. J. Anim. Sci., 14 (3): 321-325

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Khamseekhiew, B. ; Liang, J. B. ; Wong, C. C. ; Jalan, Z. A., 2001. Ruminal and intestinal digestibility of some tropical legume forages. Asian-Aust. J. Anim. Sci., 14 (3): 321-325

Two experiments were conducted to examine the degradation rates of 4 tropical legume forages in rumen and intestine of Kedah-Kelantan (KK) cattle. Three KK cattle, averaging 173  17.15 kg each fitted with a permanent ruminal and a T-shaped duodenal cannulae were used. The cattle were fed a maintenance diet (1% DM of their body weight) consisting of 60% oil palm frond (OPF) pellets and 40% of a legume mixture of  Arachis pintoi (AP) and  Leucaena throughout the study. The overall DM and CP degradabilities in the rumen for  Gliricidia sepium (GS) and AP were significantly higher than those for Leucaena leucocephala-Bahru (LB) and Leucaena leucocephala-Rendang (LR). This implies that LB and LR would have higher dietary protein flows into the intestine for the more efficient enzymatic digestion. However, the results of the present study suggested only limited proportions of the ruminal undegraded protein in the Leucaena cultivars were digested in the intestine.

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