Intake and apparent digestibility of sorghum silages at different maturation stages

The intake and apparent digestibility of the silages of the sorghum hybrids BRS 610, BR 700 and BRS 655 harvested at three maturation stages of milk, soft dough and floury grains by sheep were evaluated. The dry matter intake, in grams per metabolic weight (DMI-MW), ranged from 45.90 to 59.99g/MW/day and didn't change with maturity (P>0.05) for all the hybrids. At the soft dough stage, BRS 655 presented lower DMI-MW (P<0.05) than the other hybrids, which were similar (P>0.05). The hybrids with tannin (BR 700 and BRS 655) had lower intakes of digestible protein than the BRS 610 at the soft dough and floury stages (P<0.05). All the treatments showed slight positive nitrogen balance which varied from 0.02g/MW/d to 0.20g/MW/d. No differences were observed in fiber digestibility among hybrids with tannins (BR 700 e BRS 655) and without tannins (BRS 610). The use of BRS 610 is recommended and should be ensilaged at soft dough stage. The hybrids BR 655 and BR 700 should be harvested at milk stage.

ruminant; nutritional value; sorghum bicolor

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