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Asian Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2018  |  Volume: 11  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 157 - 164

Utilization of Palm Kernel Cake as a Ruminant Feed for Animal: A Review

Ahmed M. Abdeltawab and Mostafa S.A. Khattab    

Abstract: Palm kernel cake is a feed by-product that is used by the livestock industries. Chemical composition of palm kernel cake varies depending on the type of the fruits palm, source of sample and method of processing oil extraction (screw pressing or solvent extraction). This review was carried out to examine the effect of palm kernel cake on digestibility coefficients, daily weight gain, milk production and composition of animal. Varies treatments such as physical, chemical and biological were used to improve the nutrients digestibility and nutritive value of palm kernel cake. Several studies found that the animals performed satisfactorily well when fed on diets containing different levels of palm kernel cake. Palm kernel cake was used as feed for fattening and dairy cattle where as it has a source of protein, energy, vitamins and minerals. Digestibility coefficients for palm kernel cake were affected by adding it to animal's diets at high levels.

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