Effect of dietary supplementation with coco-nut babaçu oil on performance of lactating mares

Authors

  • Rodolfo Cláudio Spers Universidade de Marília, Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias, Marília, SP
  • Aleksandrs Spers Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, São Paulo, SP
  • Wilson Roberto Fernandes Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, São Paulo, SP
  • José Antônio Visintin Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, São Paulo, SP
  • Rubens Paes de Arruda Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia, São Paulo, SP
  • Cledson Augusto Garcia Universidade de Marília, Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias, Marília, SP

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1678-4456.bjvras.2006.26544

Keywords:

Mares, Performance lactation, Babaçu oil, Coco-nut oil

Abstract

Mares have the highest nutrient requirement in the first three months of lactation. Energy is important for mares to maintain body condition and produce milk for their foals. The effect on body weight changes were investigated through supplemental coconut oil (CO) at four levels (0, 4, 8 and 16%) in concentrate fed to 16 multiparous mares in early lactation with average body weight 441.2 Kg. Mares were fed 1,5% live weight with concentrate composed of corn meal, wheat bran and soybean meal with 16% crude protein. The forage was Napier grass, mineral supplement and water "ad libitum". Mares were allotted to 16 pens (4x5m) and randomly assigned to receive four diets once a day during 42 days. At the end of the experiment the CO supplementation did not affect mares body condition The results indicated that in tropical conditions level at 4% CO supplementation had better results for lactating mares.

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Published

2006-12-03

How to Cite

Spers, R. C., Spers, A., Fernandes, W. R., Visintin, J. A., Arruda, R. P. de, & Garcia, C. A. (2006). Effect of dietary supplementation with coco-nut babaçu oil on performance of lactating mares. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Science, 43(supl.), 120-128. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1678-4456.bjvras.2006.26544

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