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Response of lactating Blackbelly ewes to fed pellets of leucaena leucocephala leaves with dry banana fruits

Abstract : The aim of the present study was to assess the impact of feeding pellets consists of 50% leucaena leucocephala leaves and 50% dried green banana fruits (Musa paradisiaca) (LBP) on lactating ewe’s performance. To do this, twenty eight Blackbelly ewes ±48 hours postpartum were randomly assigned into four groups (7 animals/group) in individual feeding design. Treatments were as follows: T1 received 2kg of hay (control ration), T2, T3 and T4 received 1.5kg of hay plus 400, 800 or 1400g of LBP, respectively. The results revealed that total DM intake was significantly (p>0.0001) improved when level of LBP supplementation increased. Milk yield increased with LBP using (p>0.0001). Lambs daily weight gains were remarkably improved (p=0.0044) with high LBP supplementation level (T4=159.1 g/day). Ruminal ammonia-nitrogen (NH3-N) concentration was significantly higher in T4 (199.8 mg/litre) than in the control group, with no-significant difference for rumen liquor pH. This study highlights that performance expected to be enhanced when pellets of Leucaena leucocephala leaves with dried green banana fruits added to lactating ewes’ ration. The impact of feeding non-conventional sources by this technique on the animals’ performance needs further investigation.
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Mohamed Rashid, Harry Archimède. Response of lactating Blackbelly ewes to fed pellets of leucaena leucocephala leaves with dry banana fruits. Caribbean Science and Innovation Meeting 2019, Oct 2019, Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), France. ⟨hal-02453152⟩

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