CHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND IN VITRO RUMINAL FERMENTATION CHARACTERISTIC OF SONNERATIA ALBA

Dian Agustina, Takdir Saili, Nursanty Asminaya

Abstract


The aim of study was to determine chemical composition and comparison of nutritive value of  Sonneratia alba  and other forages (Gliricidia sepium  and  Leuchaena leucochepala) by using in vitro gas production technique. The result showed  crude protein  content in S. alba was lower than that G. sepium (p<0.05) and L. leuchochepala. The NDF content among treatments non significant difference. The ADF and lignin content  S. alba were the highest. VFA production and dry matter degradability of  S. alba comparable with G. sepium and L. leuchocepala.The ammonia-N production S. alba higher than G. Sepium  but showed  lower than  L. leuchocepala.  In conclusion, according to the chemical composition Sonneratia alba was a high-quality feed resources. Utilization of Sonneratia albaby ruminal microorganism in vitro was available. Further in vivo  studies could be required to expand the knowledge of the nutritive value Sonneratia alba.


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