Improving Feed Intake and Digestibility of Rations for Male Bali Cattle Fattened with Common Practice Meals, in Timor, by the Addition of a Complete Diet Containing Moringa oleifera Powder

Sukawaty Fattah1, Yohanis Umbu Laiya Sobang1, and Frederic Dedy Samba2

1Lecturer at the Faculty of Animal Husbandry, Nusa Cendana University; 2Student of Animal Sciences Post Graduate Program, Nusa Cendana University, Jl. AdisuciptoPenfui, PO Box 104 Kupang; INDONESIA

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This research was carried out at Oeletsala village, Taebenu sub-district, the Regency of Kupang, for 16 weeks, comprised of four periods. Due to Latin Square design used, each period consisted of 1 week preliminary for adaptation, 2 weeks for collecting data, and followed by 1 week interval before the next period. The aims of the research were to study the effects of feeding a complete diet containing Moringa oleifera powder on feed intake and the digestibility of crude fiber, carbohydrate, and net energy (NEE) of Bali cattle fattened in commonly practiced by the local farmer. Four growing male Bali cattle of 1 – 1.5 years old with an average of body weight ranging from 82 – 124 kg, were employed in this study. Latin Square Design consisted four treatments and four periods as replicates. Those treatments were T0= local feeds as commonly fed by local farmers + 0% Moringa oleifera powder in the complete diet, T1= local feeds + 5 % Moringa oleifera powder in the complete diet, T2= local feeds + 10 % Moringa oleifera powder in the complete diet, and T3= local feeds + 15 % Moringa oleifera powder in the complete diet. Data collected were subjected to Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Statistical analysis showed that there was no significant effect (P ≤ 0.05) found both on feed intake and the digestibility of crude fiber, carbohydrate, and NEE.

https://doi.org/10.22341/jacson.00402p373

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