The Value of Acacia saline as a fodder source for ruminants

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  • Published: 1 Feb 2003

  • Author(s): Krebs, G.L., et al

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The common conclusion drawn by researchers regarding the value of A. saline as a source of fodder for ruminants is that it is inadequate as the ruminant’s sole source of nutrients. This is largely attributed to its condensed tannin content that has been shown to have an inverse relationship with voluntary intake, digestibility and nitrogen (N) retention in ruminants. However, with so many desirable attributes of A. saline as a fodder tree, one would surely consider it a challenge to overcome its limitations in becoming a valuable source of feed.

This publication examines three pen trials, together with a laboratory-based trial in order to evaluate the value of A. saline as a source of feed for ruminants.