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Application of some trees/shrubs in ruminant feeding: a review

Authors
  • Seidavi, Alireza1
  • Tavakoli, Masomeh1
  • Rasouli, Behrouz1
  • Corazzin, Mirco2
  • Salem, Abdelfattah Z. M.3
  • 1 Islamic Azad University, Rasht, Iran , Rasht (Iran)
  • 2 University of Udine, Udine, Italy , Udine (Italy)
  • 3 Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Toluca, Estado de México, Mexico , Toluca (Mexico)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Agroforestry Systems
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Nov 09, 2018
Volume
94
Issue
4
Pages
1353–1364
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10457-018-0313-8
Source
Springer Nature
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Abstract

Ruminants play an important role in supplying human nutritional requirements. Given the increasing number of livestock and the limited resources to supply feedstuffs in order to feed ruminants, scientists are seeking ways to add to the ruminants’ diets parts of trees and shrubs and to replace concentrates competitive with human food. A consequent positive result could be reduction of the costs for meat and milk yield. On the other hand, these feeds could contain some anti-nutritional factors such as tannins that can limit their use. In this paper, the use of components of some trees and shrubs as part of ruminant (cattle, sheep and goat) diets as well as their positive and negative effects on domestic animal productivity are reviewed.

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