Silage quality of Brachiaria brizantha cultivars ensiled with different levels of millet meal

Qualidade de silagem de cultivares de Brachiaria brizantha ensilado com diferentes níveis de farelo de milheto

K.A.P Costa R.L Assis K.C Guimarães E.C Severiano J.M Assis Neto W.S Crunivel J.F Garcia N.F Santos About the authors

The silage quality of Brachiaria brizantha cultivars ensiled with different levels of millet meal was evaluated. The experimental design was a completely randomized with three replications in a factorial 3 x 4, with three cultivars of Brachiaria brizantha: marandu, xaraés, and piatã and four levels of millet meal 0, 5, 10, and 15%. The addition of millet meal improved the quality of B. brizantha silage. The inclusion of the additive at 15% provided the best nutritional values. The piatã silage had the lowest contents of neutral detergent fiber, acid detergent fiber, and lignin and the highest content of total digestible nutrients, being a better quality silage as compared to those of xaraés and marandu grasses.

millet meal; marandu grass; piatã grass; xaraés grass


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