Leucaena leucocephala as a feed for livestock in Barbados

Leucaena is found in all parts of Barbados, where it has been traditionally harvested for feeding to all classes of livestock. Improved varieties, originally imported from Australia, have been used both in mixed pastures with productive grasses, and as protein banks for grazing or cutting at controlled times of the year. It can produce a high quality leaf meal when dried either in the sun or in a solar drier. Silage of high nutritive value can be produced either manually on a small scale or mechanically on a larger scale, but mechanization results in the harvesting of large quantities of woody material which can substantially reduce the protein content of the conserved forage. Leucaena silage is low in energy, but no toxicity symptoms have been seen in Barbados in either cattle or sheep. Used with a suitable energy source, it is capable of producing good levels of animal productivity. It is a valuable forage resource under Caribbean conditions. (Editor's summary)

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Aug 23 1987
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