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Utilisation of oil palm fronds as ruminant feed and its effect on fatty acid metabolism


Abdul Ghani, Ahmad Afifi and Rusli, Nor Dini and Shahudin, Muhammad Syafiq and Goh, Yong Meng and Saad, Mohd Zamri and Ahmad, Hafandi and Abu Hassim, Hasliza (2017) Utilisation of oil palm fronds as ruminant feed and its effect on fatty acid metabolism. Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, 40 (2). pp. 215-224. ISSN 1511-3701; ESSN: 2231-8542

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Inclusion of oil palm fronds (OPF) pellets (200 g kg-1 DM) in a complete animal feed has been found to increase the unsaturated fatty acid content in ruminants. However, given the low-fat content of OPF (21 g kg-1 DM), changes in ruminal fatty acid (FA) metabolism will only result in nutritionally relevant differences in animal tissues when OPF enhances conservation of polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) from external sources. Additionally, given the low metabolisable energy value (4.9 to 6.5 MJ (ME) kg-1 DM) of OPF, supplementation of OPF with an energy-dense feed compound such as fat is of interest. Thus, this approach could also be used in combination with other dietary fat supplementation strategies to further manipulate fatty acid concentration of ruminant tissues and products for human consumption.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Fatty acid; Feed; Oil palm fronds; Ruminant
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 11:04
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2017 11:04
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