Articles | Volume 64, issue 1
Arch. Anim. Breed., 64, 273–282, 2021
Arch. Anim. Breed., 64, 273–282, 2021

Original study 21 Jun 2021

Original study | 21 Jun 2021

Use of palm bran (Nopalea cochenillifera (L.) Salm-Dyck) in partial replacement of concentrate in maintenance equine diets – a pilot study

Paula Gomes Rodrigues et al.

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Short summary
Few studies have addressed the application of forage palm bran (FPB) in horse nutrition. The results of this study demonstrated that the inclusion of up to 15 % FPB as a substitute for commercial concentrate in the diet of horses did not negatively influence feed intake or nutrient digestibility. Finally, this study emphasizes that forage palm is potentially an outstanding animal fodder due to its ability to withstand the harsh physical–chemical limitations of poor soils.