Voluntary food intake, live-weight change and lactation performance of crossbred dairy cows given ad libitum Pennisetum purpureum (napier grass .var. Bana) supplemented with leucaena forage in the lowland semi-humid tropics’

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1992
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Muinga,R.W
Thorpe,W.
Topps,J.H
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Scarce and poor-quality food resources limit smallholder dairy production in the tropics. Food resources for zero grazing may be improved by intercropping Pennisetum purpureum (napier grass) with Leucaena leucocephala leguminous hedgerows. To evalW1te dairy cow performance from this alley cropping system, 36 Ayrshire/Brown Swiss XSahiwalfQ7J)~ in a 2 X 3 factorial design were individually fed from the 3rd week of lactation for 14 weeks on diets of napier fodder harvested at 1·0 m or 1·5 m and offered ad libitum, supplemented with 0, 4 or 8 kg fresh weight leucaena fodder. Average daily milk yield during the 2nd week of lactation was a covariate in the analyses of milk yield, and post-partum live weight a covariate in the analyses of dry matter (OM) intake and live-weight change.
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Animal Production, 55, p. 331-337
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