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Asian Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
Year: 2018  |  Volume: 13  |  Issue: 2  |  Page No.: 189 - 196

Effect of Additives on the Forage Quality of Pelleted Hazelnut Husks

Ugur Ozcan and Unal Kilic    

Abstract: Background and Objective: Harvest wastes and some forages are pelleted in order to be used in ruminant nutrition to improve forage quality. This study was conducted to determine nutrient contents and in vitro true digestibilities (IVTD) of hazelnut husks (HH) pelleted with the addition of molasses, urea+molasses, corn and sepiolite. Methodology: In the study, there were total 8 treatment groups (4 sepiolite added groups and 4 non- sepiolite groups for HH). Daisy incubatorD220 was used to determine the IVTDs of the feeds. The data obtained from the experiments were analysed in accordance with the completely randomized design. Results: The crude protein (CP) contents of HH were 8.79-16.89%. Sepiolite addition did not affect the CP content of HH. The HH had highest IVTD value. The sepiolite addition decreased the IVTD value of HH. All of the feeds were listed in the lowest quality class. But the addition of urea and molasses to the ration was found to have a significant effect on the CP content of HH. The highest IVTD values were found from the addition of corn to rations of HH groups. Conclusion: The addition of sepiolite and corn must be given special attention in pelleting process of hazelnut post-harvest wastes.

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