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Table 2 Effect of Flemingia macrophylla silage (FMS) on feed intake and nutrients digestibility

From: Strategic supplementation of Flemingia silage to enhance rumen fermentation efficiency, microbial protein synthesis and methane mitigation in beef cattle

Items FMS kg/d of dry mater SEM P-value
0 0.2 0.4 0.6
Roughage Intake (DM basis)
 Kg/d 3.13 ± 0.84 3.23 ± 0.97 3.40 ± 0.89 3.58 ± 0.70 1.00 0.47
 Body weight (%) 1.81 ± 0.25 1.97 ± 0.22 1.89 ± 0.34 2.14 ± 0.11 0.60 0.44
Concentrate Intake
 kg/d 0.90 ± 0.17 0.90 ± 0.17 0.90 ± 0.17 0.90 ± 0.17 0.00 0.00
 Body weight (%) 0.50 ± 0.03 0.50 ± 0.03 0.50 ± 0.03 0.50 ± 0.03 0.00 0.00
Total Intake
 Kg/d 4.00 ± 0.98 4.30 ± 1.13 4.10 ± 1.03 4.50 ± 0.85 1.00 0.48
 Body weight (%) 2.32 ± 0.24 2.48 ± 0.22 2.41 ± 0.35 2.60 ± 0.21 0.06 0.44
Digestibility (%)
 Dry matter 54.11 ± 1.49a 58.61 ± 0.68b 62.30 ± 2.57c 63.62 ± 2.49c 0.21 0.001
 Organic matter 58.20 ± 0.46a 64.40 ± 0.42b 68.40 ± 2.10c 71.45 ± 0.66d 0.29 0.001
 Crude protein 53.80 ± 0.65a 55.60 ± 0.32b 57.10 ± 0.17c 58.70 ± 0.32d 0.10 0.001
 Neutral detergent fiber 50.00 ± 0.81a 51.90 ± 0.92ab 54.00 ± 0.56ab 55.40 ± 1.89c 0.12 0.05
 Acid detergent fiber 45.80 ± 0.28a 47.30 ± 0.54b 49.60 ± 0.88c 52.80 ± 0.54d 0.15 0.001
  1. a,b,c,dMeans in the same row with different superscripts differ (P < 0.01), SEM Standard error of the mean