Dietary level of cull pinto beans on animal performance, digestibility, and energy balance of pregnant-lactating hair ewes

Published on: 12/06/2019
Author/s : Francisco Castillo Rangel 1, Guillermo Villalobos Villalobos 1, David Domínguez Díaz 1, Juan Ángel Ortega Gutiérrez 1, Sandra Rodríguez Piñeros 1, Gabriela Corral Flores 1. / 1 Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Facultad de Zootecnia y Ecología, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Introduction Intensification of ethanol production has led to an increase in the price of animal feed, which produces a reduction in profitability affecting all sheep producers in Mexico. As a result, producers start looking for new alternatives to feed their animals. Grain legumes have been one of the strategies to alleviate the effect of under nutrition (Dixon and Hosking 1992). Recently, cull ...

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December 6, 2019
A very good piece of work discussing alternative feed ingredients. The results are very similar to field work I have done regarding use of cull beans and/or chick peas in cattle diets. The comments about some negative effects also reflect what I have seen if inclusion levels or total amount of the beans/peas are pushed too high. Maximum acceptable levels are usually reached before the economically suggested levels.
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