NUTRITIVE VALUE OF CACTUS PEAR FOR CATTLE IN SOUTH OF MOROCCO
Cactus pear is used in animal feed because its pads are rich in water and mineral elements. The aim of this work was to determine the nutritive value of 2 cultivars of Opuntia ficus-indica (Aissa (A) and Moussa (M)) in two regions (Agadir area (Ag) and Sidi Ifni area (Si)) and to compare between them in a same locality in Ag area. Obtained results showed that N level in both cultivars is higher in Si area (1.50% for M and 1.33 for A) than in Ag area (1.03% for M and 0.86 for A) and their level in P is also higher in Si (0.20% for M and 0.090 for A) than in Ag (0.092% for M and 0.084 for A). M met crude proteins (CP) requirements of dairy cows in Si area (9.37%) and that of dry cows in Ag area (6.43%), and A met the CP requirements of dry cows in Si area (8.31%). However, both cultivars met the CP level adequate for sheep and goats in both areas (5.37-9.37%). M also met P requirements of dry cows in Si (0.20%) and both cultivars met that of sheep and goats in the two areas (0.084-0.20%). Both cultivars met Ca and Mg requirements of cattle in both areas (3.99-5.12% Ca and 0.22-0.30% Mg) and not the needs of beef in Na (11-15 ppm), and M met the K requirement of beef in Si area (0.65%).
Arba, M. (2013). NUTRITIVE VALUE OF CACTUS PEAR FOR CATTLE IN SOUTH OF MOROCCO. Acta Hortic. 995, 303-307
Opuntia, nutritive elements, animal feed, cattle requirements, Agadir