Performance of calves fed with sorghum or sugar cane silages as only roughages
AbstractSorghum silage (SS) or sugar cane silage (SC) supplemented with cottonseed meal to adjust the diet’s crude protein concentration to 16%, were fed to black and white Holstein calves, to evaluate their performances concerning feed consumption, weight gains and food conversions. The animals presented 97.7kg +-1.0 kg liveweight at the beginning of the trial, which consisted of a 14 days adaptation period followed by a 70 days experimental period. Sorghum silage presented higher daily weight gains averages than sugar cane silage: 0.601 kg against 0.378 kg (p<0.05), feed conversion (kilograms of dry matter consumption by kilogram of liveweight gain) of 7.760 and 12.830 (p<0.05) and a protein conversion of 1.444 and 2.210 kg of ingested crude protein by kilogram of liveweight gain (p<0.05). Daily dry matter consumptions (4.638 kg and 4.671 kg); and daily protein consumption (0.798 kg and 0.805 kg) respectively for SS and SC, were not statistically different (p>;0.05).
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