publication . Article . 2016

Nutritional value of Opuntia ficus-indica cladodes from Portuguese ecotypes

Rodrigues, A. M.; Pitacas, F. I.; Carlos Reis; Blasco, M.;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Country: Portugal
Abstract
The use of Opuntia ficus-indica cladodes as a forage for ruminants has been very important in the semi-arid and arid regions of the world. O. ficus-indica cladodes can be fed to small ruminants especially in periods of the year when there is low quality and quantity of pasture. In Mediterranean regions like South of Portugal during the rainy season the availability of pasture is quantitatively and qualitatively satisfactory, but in critical times of the year the shortage and low nutritive value of forages causes decreased productivity in the ruminant’s production of milk and meat. The aim of this study was to evaluate the nutritional profile of the cladodes from...
Subjects
free text keywords: Opuntia ficus-indica, Spineless cactus, Nutritive value, Animal feed, Mediterranean region
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