Certain qualitative characteristics of Boscia foetida at different sites in South Africa

Author: C.J. Havenga, W.A. van Niekerk, N.F.G. Rethman and R.J. Coertze
Year: 2004
Issue: 5
Volume: 34
Page: 62 - 64

The aim of this study was to quantify the suitability of Boscia foetida as a fodder source for goats. Samples of leaves and twigs were taken in the Northern Cape and Limpopo provinces of South Africa. The concentrations of Ca, Mg, and Mn in leaves and stems were sufficient for production, but both leaves and stems lack in P, Cu and Zn. Crude protein values ranged from 96 g /kg DM for stems to 187 g /kg DM for leaves. Neutral detergent fibre and acid detergent lignin values ranged from 507 g /kg DM and 136 g /kg DM for leaves to 760 g /kg DM and 222 g /kg DM for stems respectively. The in vitro digestible organic matter concentrations varied between 203 g /kg DM to 479 g /kg DM for stems and leaves respectively. The results indicated that Boscia foetida will make a useful contribution to most of the nutrient requirements of goats.

Keywords: : Boscia foetida, ADL, crude protein, in vitro digestibility, Minerals, NDF
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