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J. Anim. Sci. Adv.,. 2013; 3(9): 472-480

Use of Plantain Peels (Musa Paradisiaca) as a Fibrous Feed Substitute for Napier Grass (Pennisetum Purpureum) in Rusa Deer (Cervus Timorensis) Rations Under Captivity

Dahlan Ismail, Mohd Nor Iskandar Zainoor.

The aim of this study was to evaluate plantain peels (PP) as non-conventional feed resources to replace grass forage in feeding management of deer in parks. Thirty six weaned rusa deer (Cervus timorensis Blainville) hinds were randomly selected for this study. Pisang abu (Musa paradisiaca Linnaeus) peels were used as PP source and Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum Schumach) was used as forage feed (NG). The six treatments of NG:PP combinations were NG100:PP0, NG75:PP25, NG60:PP40, NG50:PP50, NG25:PP75, and NG0:PP100. The study was done in 16 weeks. Feed intake, weight changes, and digestibility were monitored. The crude protein contents of PP were lower (p

Key words: Rusa deer, plantain peels, fibrous feed substitute, Napier forage, non-conventional feed, optimum proportion.

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